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    Posted 8 years ago

    CaptainOzzy
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    This has been in my wife's family for generations. We found it buried under tools in her parents garage. We now use it when we entertain. What year and model is it? Would it be worth restoring? It is in pretty good condition. The lid has some rust issues. We would like to find the cap catcher, (hopefully in brass), and some crates for the rack underneath. Dimensions: 40" Long x 25" Front to Back x 35" Tall.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      I'm not a serious Coke collector but follow it a bit. If this is in as good a condition as appears, the fanatical Coke collectors we have, drooled on their keyboards & shorted out their pc's. And that's why I have the 1st comment!
    2. CaptainOzzy, 8 years ago
      Thank you!
    3. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 8 years ago
      Looks to be a Master Ice from the late '30's. These were made by Cavalier Corp. down south and Westinghouse out east. Your cooler should have a series of raised letters/numbers on the inside liner which will identify exact year and location of manufacture. I believe yours has been partially repainted, as the original finish would have included trademark detail printed in the long tail of the first C in the logo. Also, the logo on the inside lid should be painted white. It's a great cooler in super condition. The cap catcher would not have been brass, but painted red metal.
    4. CaptainOzzy, 8 years ago
      That is great information! We will be using it this weekend chilling some beverages..watching the playoffs. I will look for the identification information. I appreciate your time.
    5. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 8 years ago
      tommy1002 recommends Fun-tronics and I see they offer a cap catcher for your model.

      http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com/index.php?crn=299
    6. CaptainOzzy, 8 years ago
      Thanks Again!
    7. DaveSierra DaveSierra, 8 years ago
      Fun-tronics sells a reproduction cap catcher. At rare times you will see one pop up on eBay (pretty costly though IMHO.)
      These were produced in the 1930's and 40's. It surprised me to find out that the embossed lids were on the later, not the earlier, model of these coolers!
    8. toolbox, 8 years ago
      Good advice above. Your cooler was manufactured from 1934-1938 if it's a Westinghouse, or 1936-1938 if a Cavalier.
      The lids didn't have embossing on them for this year range. Yours is a 1941 +/-1 yr. It would still look cool with the embossed letters painted though.
      The cap catcher used was the short one, about 7 1/2" high, for 2 mounting studs.
      Good luck and have a good one.
      Ted
    9. CaptainOzzy, 8 years ago
      Thank you for the information! What is the approximate value of this? We are keeping it in the family.
    10. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Lots of reasons why folks want a value-- doesn't always mean they are looking to sell!

      BUT... I personally don't know coke values-- but it sure looks great.

      Enjoy it.

      scott

    11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      I agree with Scott.
    12. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      You make your own choices 50s-- no one said you MUST give values!

      If you don't give values, fine, but I see no reason to question the posters motivation for wanting to know the value of something they own.

      scott
    13. CaptainOzzy, 8 years ago
      I appreciate everyone that was helpful and positive: Blunderbuss2, Daddy_Nobucks, DaveSierra, Toolbox, and Scottvez.
      It will remain in the family, as I said before.
    14. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Here again, I agree with Scott. If worth that much, a lot of people might want to have an evaluation for home insurance. I've asked for value on some of my junk that I have no intention of selling. Point being, Capt. Ozz doesn't doesn't offer it for sale or solicit bids. Well within CW guidelines.
    15. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 8 years ago
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/221353473128
    16. tommy1002 tommy1002, 8 years ago
      Good bird-dogging Dave, but that little critter would need new mounting holes popped in it to fit this cooler. I'm thinking that isn't a westy cap catcher.
    17. CaptainOzzy, 8 years ago
      Yeah, I appreciate the help! I did notice that it wouldn't fit.
    18. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 8 years ago
      Oh yep sorry!
    19. toolbox, 7 years ago
      Hey Capt.,
      Since I posted about 3 weeks ago I have discovered the diff in the cap catchers. The one posted on ebay, (2 vertical mounting holes) was used in 1934 thru 36. Your cooler has 2 horizontal mounting holes, which means it’s at least a 1937 Westinghouse or Cavalier unit.
      Because of ‘DRINK’ being located within the Coca-Cola logo envelope means it is a 1938 or earlier cooler.
      So, your cooler was manufactured to 1937 or 1938 standards. In your posted picture of the tank I don’t see the date code on the back wall, therefore, it may be on the right end wall, which would mean it’s probably a Westinghouse Master Ice cooler.
      On Feb 1st I’ll be posting " ‘The’ Guide to Identify Coca-Cola, Chest-Type, Coolers – 1934 – 1959" on this site. This will explain what I’m talking about.
      I’d appreciate your looking in the tank and posting the date code.
      Have a good one.
      Ted

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