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    Posted 6 years ago

    robeo4
    (16 items)

    Metal 48 bottle crate, It looks to be original green??? From Paris, Texas. Antique store find. Im trying to decide on repainting but I can't find any sign that it was previously yellow or red.

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    1. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 6 years ago
      I want to say this was a yellow crate with red lettering. I believe one was posted on CW a few months back, but the listing has disappeared. Closest example I can find is this jumbo 72 bottle metal carrier with what appears to be a poor resto job. I'll keep digging.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/EXTREME-RARE-COCA-COLA-1900s-72-Bottle-Metal-Shipping-Crate-Danville-R-R-VA-/321215103318?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac9e98156&nma=true&si=aVJ66wVVjl9rVi5tDHHho9iSp4E%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Please send more pics.. I'm not a real collector but have never seen this one.
    3. robeo4 robeo4, 6 years ago
      Yeah, I saw that one too. Ive been trying to search for an exact example to convince me to put it back closer to what it should be. I cant imagine why it would be army green. From green it goes straight to metal and all the tight spots are green. I wonder when they used these crates.
    4. earlycoke earlycoke, 6 years ago
      These were never painted. They were simply produced and used in the original metal color. They were used in the early 1900's before automobiles, when the bottler would ship to distant locations in his territory by train. Usually in the winter, when roads were impassible. At that time a bottlers territory usually extended about a 1/2 days horse ride from the center of town. That allowed him to service the far reach and get back in the same day. That is why today you will find the old bottling plants about an hours car drive apart.
    5. robeo4 robeo4, 6 years ago
      Nice, I like hearing the history. That helps me decide what to do with it and explains why I cant find evidence of colors. Great info.
    6. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 6 years ago
      I couldn't find an example listed on earlycoke.com! Straight from the horses mouth. Good stuff.
    7. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
      Could this be for military use? I understand they shipped many bottles over-seas during the war(s) for the troops to enjoy a "REFRESHING ONE"!!
      Nice case!
    8. hwy50woman, 5 years ago
      just came across one, Paris Texas...grass green in color looks to be original, 48 bottles. anymore info would be helpful..
    9. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 5 years ago
      Ahhh this is very cool. I see you posted this awhile, what have you found out about it since???
    10. robeo4 robeo4, 5 years ago
      I havn't found much more info besides what was already mentioned. They came from a few different cities. I want to agree with early coke on them being bare metal because I could never find a trace of any other color and the green was on top of dents and rust, meaning it was put on after. The few I have seen are beat up on top most likely from being stacked. I believe there is another box that is one size bigger too. I think they're awesome early century items. Id like to find more.

      Since the post I have stripped mine and spent a few days doing hammer and dolly work to get the coca cola legible. I used a clear coat over the metal to give it a dark satin gloss metal look. Im not into "restorations" and I was going for a more original look. It displays much better now and I use it to house the few straight sided coca cola bottles I have.
    11. Trey Trey, 4 years ago
      Very cool:) I think you might have a rare one here!
    12. murrey1981, 2 months ago
      This post is 5 years old. But wanted to bring the thread up again. I just purchased a metal crate just like this. Coca Cola Bottling Works out of Paris TX. I love this piece. Besides this thread, I can find very little information on it. After 5 years, is there any additional information you can provide? Rarity (I assume very rare). Value? Thank you.
    13. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 months ago
      I wonder if the green paint was simply a primer to protect the metal from rust until it was painted Coke colors. The people who built aircraft years ago used yellow zinc chromate primer which was actually tinted pale green. I believe it was also used on early automobiles.
    14. robeo4 robeo4, 2 months ago
      Not much more information than what was already posted. The information by early coke is well known to be respected and reliable. Since the time I have only seen less than a handful identical or in a different form, like topless, different bottle holding size, or different city. Rare, but still an affordable early piece. It's a good find.

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