A page on identifying Milk Bottle Reproductions

A sad fact of collecting Milk Bottles today is the large amount of Reproduction Bottles sold as authentic. I will try to list a few pointers on how to identify these impostors along with a few photos of known fakes before they end up in your collection. Some of these reproductions are sold as decorative bottles in shops and specialty stores and are easily recognized. There are also people intentionally trying to duplicate Milk Bottles to sell as authentic and turn a quick profit off of unsuspecting collectors new to the hobby.

The pyroglazed Milk Bottle and Dairy Creamer have become so popular that unscrupulous people have been reproducing some of the more valuable bottles, such as war slogans and Walt Disney©. The most popular method of reproducing a pyroglazed picture on a bottle is to take a clear Milk Bottle from any era, use a stencil made from the real bottle, and attempt to duplicate the colors and spray paint or airbrush the bottle. You can easily remove this paint by scraping across the painted area. A real pyroglazed bottle is painted, then annealed, which makes the paint permanent and unremoveable. The con artists cannot do this, so their paint is easily picked off and the bottle identified as a reproduction.

To protect yourself from reproductions, know who you are buying from, beware of bottles priced below fair market value, and check the colors of the pyroglazing with other known bottles of the same manufacturer.

1) War Slogans: Watch out for fakes with the date “1951” on the base and bad pyroglazing.

2) Wheaton Glass Works: These are new bottles manufactured to sell milk in. Easily identified as new glass.

3) The paint can be easily scratched off a fake. Real pyroglaze is liquid colored glass, annealed into the bottle, which cannot be scraped off.

4) If suspicious of a bottle, contact John Tutton for advise before investing your money.