Vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Wooden Crate Wood Case

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  • Item Category: Alcohol & Smoking
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 03, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

Pabst Brewing Company Blue Ribbon Beer Wooden Beer Crate

This vintage Pabst Blue Ribbon wooden beer crate is robustly constructed and has all of the character of a beer case of days long gone. Heavily b uilt from 5/8Â" and 3/4Â" thick wood and designed to carry Â"two dozen large bottles of beerÂ", the crate is approximately 24-1/2Â" long, 14-3/4Â" high (15-1/2Â" tall including the casters), and 16Â" deep. From the labels and markings, it certainly pre-dates World War II. It may even be pre-Prohibition . It is structurally sound and has a great old age patina. The wood has scratches, nicks, and stains garnered over the decades. The galvanized metal strapping, nails, and casters show various degrees of rust throughout. A previous owner lined the interior with what appears to be sample swatches of wallpaper (which itself is obviously very old) and added casters to make it a rolling storage chest. T are also a dozen or more nails along the outside edge of the lid that have bits of fabric still under the nail heads. Someone had once padded and covered the lid to make it a seat or ottoman. The best features of the crate are the great old labels and markings that tell its history.

Please see the complete description and pictures below.

Front Face

Boldly and clearly stenciled, taking most of the front:

â~... PABST â~...




Rusting galvanized metal strapping nailed on at right and left edges. (The strapping goes from the top edge of the inside of the crate, around the front, bottom, and back on the outside, and terminates back on the top inside edge.)

Back Face

Â"PABST MILWAUKEE Â" stenciled in a 9Â" diameter circle. Interior of the circle shows the Pabst trademark leaf with the letter Â"BÂ" in the leaf. Also says Â"TRADE MARKÂ" on either side of the leaf. Rusted metal strapping at the edges.

Side Faces

One end has the remains of a couple great old labels. One sticker, about half of which is missing, located in the upper right quadrant says Â" Pure and without Drugs Â". Another label, located near the center, has the Pabst logo and name, and indicates that the case contains Â" TWO DOZEN LARGE BOTTLES OF BEERÂ". It also says Â"GUARANTEED BY P---- -REWING CO. UNDER THE FOOD AND DRUGS ACT, ---- 30 TH , 1906 SERIAL No. 1921 Â" (The dashes indicate areas of the label that are missing.) (A quick history on the Food and Drugs Act of 1906: Before this act, t was no federal government regulation of food, beverages, or drugs (a broad category which included everything from cocaine to patent medicine/snake oil to alcohol). This was the first legislation Â" for preventing the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated or misbranded or poisonous or deleterious foods, drugs, medicines, and liquors, and for regulating traffic tin, and for other purposes .Â" Repealed in 1938, it was the precursor of the Food & Drug Adminstration (FDA) formed through later legislation.) Toward the top is an open oval hole for a carrying handle.

The other end has stenciled markings:





JUNE 30, 1906 SERIAL No. 1921

T are numerous small black stains that make the stenciling somewhat difficult to read. Toward the top is an oval hole for carrying.


The exterior of the lid has no manufacturerÂ's markings. Numerous nails around the perimeter, many with small fabric scraps under the nail heads. Many chips, nicks, scratches and stains. To help open the lid, t is 2Â" diameter hole front and center.


The bottom has no manufacturerÂ's markings. Small metal casters at all four corners, heavily rusted. Metal strapping at the edges. Some splitting of the wood that does not detract structurally or aesthetically.


The interior was once fully lined...