Decorative antique milk cans are large metal containers, previously used for milk storage and transport, that are re-purposed as ornamental items or for an alternative use. Some are used with their vintage look intact, while others are re-plated for a new finish or painted decoratively.Know More
Milk cans were commonly used to transport milk by dairy farmers from the 1860s to the 1930s, when bulk milk tanks became the normal method for milk transport. A typical milk can is made of steel or aluminum and holds between 5 and 10 gallons. The cans have narrow necks and flared mouths. This design allowed farmers to easily pour milk into the cans while still reducing spillage during transport. Larger cans usually sport two handles for easier lifting. Smaller cans more often have a single wire handle.
Some modern collectors prefer cans with their rusty vintage appearance. Others clean the metal and paint it. Some artists specialize in decorating antique milk cans with scenes or other images. A third option is having the milk can re-tinned for a shiny finish. Vintage milk cans can be used to decorate porches, or other indoor or outdoor living areas. Commonly, for display, the cans are used to make interesting lamp bases, umbrella holders, mailboxes and stools.Learn more in Antiques
In 2014, antique milk can prices range from $25 to $100 or more. However, the perceived value of a particular milk can must be determined by the person making the purchase.Full Answer >
Antique crocks and jugs are excellent when used as kitchen utensil holders, cookie jars, vases, planters and bookends. Lidded stoneware crocks are also popular for curing homemade pickles and holding crafting supplies.Full Answer >
Antique razors are typically straight razors valued by collectors and dating as far back as the 17th century. The blades of antique razors are typically made of steel, but the handles show more variety and can be made of wood, sterling silver, bone, mother-of-pearl or tortoise shell.Full Answer >
An antique corkscrew is a mechanical device that dates from long ago and is designed to remove corks from bottles, including beer, wine and medicine bottles. One end has a spiral metal bar with a sharp tip, and the other end has a transverse handle.Full Answer >