- Made in USA
- Vintage 1940's
- Details: This is a rare vintage glass milk bottle from the Sherer's Dairy in Crestline, Ohio. It is a half pint size, tradition suggests that customers with poor quality ice boxes or no refrigeration were more likely to prefer half- or quarter-pint containers, however, this size was also used for cream. The text is in red pyro (pyroglaze). It has an extremely simple design. One side reads "Sherer's Dairy, Dairy Foods of Excellence". The other side reads: "Sherer's Dairy, Grade A, Dairy Products, Locally Produced and Delivered". The bottle has a square bottom which dates it post 1940's. The off-center round "scar" at the base of this bottle suggests it was made by blown parison molds. This is true with both Owens machines and later press-and-blow machines. The scars can be faint or distinct, but they are always off center.
- Material: Glass
- Dimensions: 5.5 inches Tall, 2 inches Wide (bottom).
- Condition: Vintage - Used. Very good condition. There are no chips, cracks or scratches on this bottle, the glass is clear. However, there is some wear all around as it would be expected with lots of use by the milkmen as these were returnable/reusable bottles, there is also some slight fading on the text. PLEASE SEE PICTURES. Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new. Every effort has been made to show scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. Refunds will not be given unless there’s gross misrepresentation of condition.
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The Sherer family has a long history in Crestline and although they no longer run the dairy business, the farm is still in operation, mainly producing grains. Ralph “Red” Sherer was the original owner of the farm. Ralph was born on May 29th, 1902 and died on December 14th, 1993. The farm remains family owned.
Crestline is a village in both Crawford and Richland Counties in Ohio. The Crawford County portion of Crestline is part of the Bucyrus Micropolitan Statistical Area, while the small portion of the city that extends into Richland County is considered part of the Mansfield Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is my understanding that the Sherer's farm is in Richland County.
For many collectors, milk bottles carry a nostalgic quality of a bygone age. The most prized milk bottles are embossed (raised glass lettering) or pyroglazed (painted) with names of dairies on them, which were used for home delivery of milk so that the milk bottles could find their way back to their respective dairies. Milk bottles since the 1930s have used pyroglaze or ACL (Applied Color Label) to identify the bottles. Before the 1930s, names were embossed on milk bottles using a slug plate. The name was impressed on the slug plate, then the plate was inserted into the mold used to make the bottle – the result was the embossed name on the bottle. Some interesting stats:
- The first home milk deliveries occurred in 1785 in rural Vermont.
- The first glass milk bottle was patented in 1874 in the United States.
- In the 1920s advertisements began to appear on milk bottles, etched on the glass using a sandblasting technique.