This was in an old garage attic. We took it to the carwash to clean up the inside. It stands about 25'' tall and is about 14'' across. The opening is 3 1/8'' with a 3/8'' rim. It's very heavy empty! It has just the slightest green tint when you look at the opening. Like a Ball canning jar. My Dad has one a bit smaller. (The cat is optional, laugh!)
The lettering on the bottom says MCAG STD That's in a semicircle.
In the center it says 13 G and under that, 1936.
I could well be very wrong about this, but somewhere in my mind I'm thinking of battery acid storage jars. Here in UK when I was very young I seem to remember big, heavy glass jars with a greenish tinge that were used for acid for wireless (before they became radios) batteries. We had a big old garage in our village and everyone went there to get their batteries topped up...the memory is very hazy because I'd have only been very young at the time and maybe USA didn't have such primative things, LOL.
As I say, I could be wrong but those jars were the first thing I thought of when I saw your picture, and that was before I read that it was found in a garage attic.
It is called a carboy, and was used for shipping acids or other corrosive liquids. A special pouring rack was needed for dispensing because of the weight of the full carboy. Once worked in a university supply center and had the task of emptying those into smaller containers for the labs. They do make fine fermentation tanksd for home wine production!!
That's it, Patrob!! I knew it was called by another name besides demijohn but just couldn't think of it. Thanks for jogging my memory :)
I think...but not sure, that the demijohns are made specially for home brewing. I used to make wine a few years ago and could purchase clear glass for making white wine and brown glass for the red. You fitted them with a special cork and airlock to stop the vinegar flies/fruit flies getting into the bottle during fermentation and spoiling the wine.
Wow! You could make lots of wine in that carboy, but I wouldn't want to be the one to clean it out after it had contained acid :(
Thanks everyone. I'm amazed that so many have seen them. I haven't found a picture of this one yet. Been too busy! I think this one may be more like the carboy. The demijohns are pretty and seem to be all shapes and sizes. This has been interesting! I hope people keep adding their stories! I did see the wine making stopper on a website.
Now you tell me! We've had it for a quite a few years now. DH took it to the carwash to get the inside clean when we first found it. I guess we were lucky it was dry. No idea what it may have held. I don't remember smelling anything.
We also had the idea it may have held embalming fluid, but I don't remember why we thought that. We didn't even have internet then, to do research. Just the old Sears catalogue and a couple of antique books.
I would imagine all traces of acid (if that's what had been inside it) would have been long gone billyporter. I think lots of people use them as indoor bottle gardens now. They can be planted up, using long handled tools and a lot of dexterity, and make gorgeous ornaments. They seldom need watering when planted because it creates a kind of eco-system and the water evaporates onto the bottle walls and runs down to rewater the plants. They're lovely when planted up with ferns and prayer plants and anything that likes a humid atmosphere.
Just a little idea of what you could use it for :)
Some mitey interesting info and history to be read - about ALL sorts of shtuffs! ..
But, Sal .. I'm certainly curious, now .. about your old (resource) books you've mentioned above .. [quote]Just the old Sears catalogue and a couple of antique books.[/quote]
... would love to see more info about the 'old' Sears catalogue and the others. Ya got any titles, dates of publication, etc. on the 'antique' books? Do ya gots some pitters, even -?- (hee)
I remember that my Momma had kept a Sears Roebuck catalogue for a small forever; very old, extremely thin paper printed b&w pages .. with several missing. At some point, it had gotten sopping wet (somehow) .. and was eventually trashed. (out house use, I'd presume .. hee). Can't help but wonder if it was one that my Daddy had actually used during his gunsmithing days.
Some mail-order 'history' .. [quote]The catalogs continued to develop through the 1890s and throughout the majority of the next century. They provide an invaluable record of material culture of American life by showing us what people needed in everyday life and what they wished for in their everyday dreams. The Sears catalogs are a vast diary of the times and provide a glimpse into the not so distant past of our ancestors. They also are a record of American progress and technological advances. The catalogs were fondly referred to as "The Farmer's Bible" and "The Nation's Wish Book," and are considered collectors items today as well as valuable resources for scholarly research.[/quote]
I'll have to look for the catalogue. It's a reproduction. I wish it was the real deal. I know I have two reference books. One might be packed away as I needed the bookshelves to put my canned goods this year.
This one is: ''The New and Revised Catalog of American Antiques.'' Copyright 1980. 373 black and white pages with a very few color. It has furniture, glass, pottery, tools, toys, weathervanes postcards and a whole lot more. DD has my camera right now, but I can try to find the other books and get all three photographed.
Thanks for making me look. I saw books I forgot about.
Its not Demijohns, The rounded that are for making vine is called Damejeanne. named after a very well rounded Dame (Madam)in france called Jeanne. its pronounced Damm eŽ chann same A sound as in Notre Dame.
Here you have two different looking ones.