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    I have a milk can from Arden Farms Company with the designation 9 Reg Cal 60 on the can. The top has AFC on the lid. What do these designations mean.

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 months ago
      AFC is the company name, Reg Cal 60 indicates it holds 60 quarts and is a number 9 can. Although it may not be a milk can, it could be a milk churn intended for transport on a railroad. It appears to be three piece from what I can see. I would go slow with my research until I was sure what I have. Could be quite old and valuable.
    2. GJK, 4 months ago
      Thank you for the information, it was very helpful. The can I have consists of two pieces, the can and the lid. There’s no internal hooks or fasteners therefore I don’t think it’s a churn. How would I determine the age of this can? There’s no label or markings other than what’s on the can body. I’ve had the can for approximately 40 years and can’t remember where I acquired it from. I was working from an Office in El Monte California at the time, possibly Arden Farms?
    3. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 months ago
      Look more carefully and I believe you will find it is a three piece can. You have two rings, one at the bottom where it joins the base and one most of the way to the top just below the handles. Both of those joints should be solder joints holding the pieces together.
    4. GJK, 4 months ago
      You’re absently correct. I see now what you’re referring to and yes the can fabrication consists of three pieces soldered together.
    5. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 4 months ago
      Well you need to know that before you can worry about the date. Your can should be pre 1940 and quite possibly a couple decades older. Three piece cans were discontinued mostly because of the solder joint.

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