This is a very unique wooden bottle trade sign or counter display piece in blue paint. The wooden bottle has a wonderful surface and is late 19th century to the early 20th century. It was possibly an early milk bottle mold which would have been turned on a lathe. The mold was used to make the 2 piece ceramic molds that were then used to mold the glass. The use of wooden bottle molds was a very short period and would have ended around 1915-1920.
We found this bottle outside the Philadelphia area in a country store collection. It must have been used as a counter top display or possibly hung on a sign. It would have been painted after it's use as a mold due to the fact that the paint would not have held up under the heat of the molding process.
It appears to have been a milk bottle mold but could have been for beer although it is quite large for beer, although we beer drinkers wouldn't mind that at all.
The bottle sign is in good condition, it has some wear on the bottom and one side is more worn than the other, this is customary with outside trade sign pieces. The bottle is 15 5/8" tall x 6 3/8" across the base.
Item ID: B2822