Posted 8 years ago
I'm interested in feedback on this item. I have not seen one before.
A twelve bottle wood case purchased off an eBay BIN from a North Carolina merchant. Trademark detail puts it late 40's early 50's I believe.
I half expected to receive something akin to a high schooler's wood shop project. But everything about this little case is consistent with the full-size versions in my collection from same period. The wood, metal, paint, age, and wear are similar, except on a smaller scale. Construction is sturdy.
One difference: A rounded piece of wood across the width is doweled into the sides. This almost looks like it could have had a rope or wire handle attached to it as a carrier. But no wear marks to indicate it was ever used that way.
Seller said he's only seen two of these over his many years picking (and he also said he wished he'd asked more for it, but I let him know that 70 delivered was above and beyond the call of duty as far as I was concerned). I can imagine this might have been used for home delivery to a person who didn't need or couldn't handle a full case.