Dairy collectibles are items used in the production or selling of dairy products that are collected by enthusiasts.
Collectible items include:
• Milk bottles
• Milk bottle caps
• Cream separators and separator engines
• Butter churns
• Milking machines
• Cheese, butter, and ice cream making equipment
Collecting milk bottles is a particularly popular arm of the hobby. As small dairies folded or were bought out during the course of the last century, milk bottles bearing the names of defunct companies became highly collectible.
Bottles were first produced in the 1880s and began to decline in the 1960s as home deliveries began to dwindle.
Bottles produced from the 1880s to the 1930s tended to be round and embossed with the name and emblem of the dairy.
Square bottles began to emerge in the 1940s, along with colourful writing that superseded embossing.
Paul Luke from Essex, England has a collection of more than 10,000 milk bottles. His collection includes bottles dating back to the 1890s.
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