Milk containers were used by dairy farmers to transport milk from the farm to the customers. Several of these containers would be sent to a distribution center or market. Patrons would bring their own personal vessels and milk would be transferred from the containers to smaller bottles. Milk containers of the 19th century were usually made from copper, before finally being discontinued in the 1930’s, when milk could be shipped in bulk via trucks.
This copper milk container was formed by soldering three pieces of copper together, indicative that the jug is from the late 1800’s. The arch-shaped handle can be flipped forward to release the locking mechanism. There is a latch held in place by a pin that must also be pulled before the lid can be removed (we have not tried to pull the pin ourselves). The base has been pressed with the production mark “C6”.
Today, a decorative container like this can be used as an umbrella holder or you can use it in the kitchen with dried flowers. It comes with its original top.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with dents and scratches. Minor buildup to the exterior.