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Posted 4 years ago

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This was found buried in a dirt floor basement at my dad's old restaurant. My mom say part of it sticking up out of the ground after a flood, thought it was a lamp, and got to shoveling. At first she had no clue what it was because it was crusted over with years of dirt, but after a careful cleansing, we found it was a rather cool and unique Buckeye Root Beer (Cleveland Fruit Juice Co.) dispenser. I did a little poking around but couldn't find much in the way of info about this thing except that it's definitely not one of the more common dispensers. A gentleman who collects such dispensers told me it was possibly made between 1920-1930. Other than crazing of the surface glaze and dirt spots we didn't dare try to scrub out, it's not cracked or chipped that I can see. Which is surprising because my mom is the one who dug it out of there, ha ha. :-)

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  1. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 4 years ago
    You are going to love this.

    http://bid.showtimeauctions.com/Buckeye-Root-Beer-Syrup-Dispenser_i6722753
  2. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 4 years ago
    Very cool root beer dispenser, that's a keeper.
  3. zombiephile, 4 years ago
    HOLY CROW. I read a couple of guides that said it could be worth a lot, but there were never any pictures that I could go by to know for sure I had the same dispenser they were describing. Now I wanna get rid of it! LOL THANK YOU, Vestaswind, for showing me that auction!
  4. Vestaswind Vestaswind, 4 years ago
    I've seen the more common ones that people say are from the 20's. Seems to me yours would be earlier than these.
  5. zombiephile, 4 years ago
    I haven't been able to find too much info on this particular one either, but I suspected it was early 1900s. The restaurant my father used to have had been a pharmacy way back in the day...late 1800s, early 1900s. I can only assume this was a relic from those days. Now to find out how to get rid of it, LOL!!
  6. barb, 4 years ago
    I LOVE your unique dispenser. I have one from a neighbor's pharmacy. It says patent 1915- it is glass with a chrome(?) spigot. I have no idea of its value. Does anyone know???

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