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    Posted 6 years ago

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    These are 2 wooden crates (approx. 14 inches long x 14 inches wide and 4 inches tall) The jars inside are roughly 4 inches tall. The second one had it's top pried off to see what was inside apparently. There are holes in the lid where the jar tops sit flush. The lids on the crates were nailed on.

    These were found in an old barn on the cemetery property where I work. The cemetery is 160+ years old and has had greenhouses for nearly as long. We are located in Ontario, Canada if that is helpful.
    Any help identifying these would be greatly appreciated!


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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Love the mystery actually. These are ceramic jars? Maybe an early battery? 16 x 1.5 volts = 24V. In other words, I don't have any idea what it is & guessing.
    2. Blackshiep1 Blackshiep1, 6 years ago
      Curious piece, doubt it's a battery as the bottle openings seem to small to allow the plate to be inserted. The holes in the wood top make it appear to be some type of collection system, was there a mortuary on the property at any time?
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      I discounted the repeated re filling because you could never get an accurate pouring so there would be spill. If it's originally nailed together, then it/they, can't be cleaned. This 1 has me boggled but hoping one of our Frere's de l'cote solves it.
    4. acadue, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the replies!
      The jars/bottles are glass (the openings are less than 1/2 inch across) and some have the green paint/stain from the boxes dried on them, like the boxes were assembled before they were painted/stained. I can say, with confidence, that there was never a mortuary here.
    5. acadue, 6 years ago
      I added a photo of the bottles.
    6. Jono Jono, 6 years ago
      Used to carry nitroglycerin. Bottles would be short and very stout. Box would be suspended during your trip. Just another thought.
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Jono, the thought passed thru my mind but sure wouldn't want to be the one to prize the nailed down top off.
    8. Blackshiep1 Blackshiep1, 6 years ago
      Jono, you might be on to something, that may also explain the holes. (venting?)
    9. Jono Jono, 6 years ago
      I agree blunderbuss.
      I wonder if someone could date the nails in the lid If picture?
    10. Jono Jono, 6 years ago
      Blackshiep1, Venting is a possibility. Someone went to great length to keep these bottles confined.
    11. cattiva, 6 years ago

      if there were holes in the top of the crate to access the bottles, maybe they originally had droppers in them. and if the crate travelled, keeping the bottles steady would make sense.
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      I speed read the site but didn't see "dropper". What is a dropper?
    13. Jono Jono, 6 years ago
      Come on blunderbuss, a dropper is the poor fellow in pieces. :))))
    14. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Jono, there are eye-dropers etc. but get your point. So, let's say expensive or dangerous. If the top was orig. screwed down, I would vote for nitro transport.
    15. Jono Jono, 6 years ago
      When I enlarge the picture all I see is nails, no screws.
      It probably has us all fooled blunderbuss. It's probably a transport for a fun carnival game where you toss dimes into a bottle LOL.
    16. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Could be Jono but not much more than BB's. I'm waiting on somebody who knows for certain at this point.
    17. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 6 years ago
      I'm thinking the bottles were VERY old. Hand blown.

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