Recently dug this Wilmore, Ky Bottling Works. Seems they had been a Coca-Cola franchise- wanted to keep using similar mold- and altered bottle or mold to remove "Coca-Cola/ Trade Mark Registered". First 2 pics show bottle, 3rd pic shows unaltered mold on a damaged bottle.
That is such a cool find! Never seen one like that before.
Originally Posted by Spirit Bear
They certainly beat the devil out of that part of the mould.
It wasn't the mold, it was the bottle itself. They used something, I'm guessing sand blasting, to remove the logo from the bottle so they didn't have to buy more stock after losing/abandoning the franchise (I assume). There's a crinkly Orange Crush bottle I see regularly in an antique store which has had the embossing blasted off for what I assume is a similar reason. I'm always tempted to buy it, but reconsider when I realize it's $10 for a damaged Crush bottle with no provenance.
My first impression was that they ground or blasted the bottle. But then thought that too labor intensive if they had many bottles to do. but now do believe that they altered the bottle and not the mold.
What they might have done was cut a hole into a piece of steel to fit over each bottle so only the logo was showing to the sandblaster, that probably wouldn't have been too labour-intensive. Or they could have just ground them off one by one, even that would likely have been cheaper than ordering a new batch.
Wilmore. KY is not listed in Porters Book, so this is an unknown Coca Cola bottle. At least the one with the script is and considered valuable, even damaged. The other might also be one since you can make out the Coca Cola through the removal.