Object ID 004161
Object Name Val Blatz Amber Beer Bottle
Object Desc Val Blatz Brewing Company amber beer bottle with embrossed lettering and gold colored bottle cap. Manufactured by W.F. & S.
Collection General Collection
Accession # CMY004147
General Category History
Source Category Found In Collection
Accession Date JAN 10,1991
Location Room 9, Shelf 22
Start Year Range 1910
End Year Range 1929
Status On-Site Collection Storage
Object Keywords Blatz,Val Blatz brewing co,beer,bottles,
Title Val Blatz Amber Beer Bottle
Description Val Blatz Brewing Company amber bottle with embrossed lettering on the front and a gold colored bottle cap. On the bottom of the bottle 'W.F & S / Mil' is embrossed in the glass with an 'x' in between. The bottle mold seal lines fade toward the neck of the bottle. "Val Blatz / Brewing Co. / Milwaukee" is embrossed on the front of the bottle 'Val Blatz' is in cursive and is underlined; above this is the brewery's logo. The logo consists of a six ponted star with the letters 'V' and 'B' intertwined in the middle. The bottle has some minimal chipping at the base as well as some minor ships toward the back. The gold cap is very slightly rusted around the sides.
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Unit of Measure Inches/ounces
Place of Origin
Maker Val Blatz Brewing Co.
Maker Details Founded by John Braun in 1846, shortly before Wisconsin achieved statehood, and was originally called the City Brewery. Braun's fledgling business produced about 150 barrels of beer annually - until 1851 when Valentine Blatz, a former employee, established a brewery of his own next door to the City Brewery. Braun died later that year and Blatz soon married his widow, thereby uniting the City Brewery and his own operation. he brewery's growth continued, and in 1884 Blatz ranked as the third-largest beer producer in Milwaukee. Blatz was the first Milwaukee brewer to market beer nationally. In 1890 Blatz sold his brewery to a group of London investors, who continued to operate the plant until Prohibition. Blatz brewery flourished, producing over a million barrels annually during the 1940s and 1950s. By 1955 only six Milwaukee breweries remained open. Of these six, Miller, Pabst and Schlitz were the biggest and most successful. Blatz is still operating today.
Maker Mark 'V' & 'B' intertwined within 6 pointed star
Date APR 24,2016
Summary Good Condition
Assessor Nicole Burdick
Notes Bottle has minimal chipping at base of bottle and very minimal scratching. Embrossed lettering had been painted over but has been removed as much as possible (some flecks of paint remain in crevasses). Gold bottle cap as very minimal rusting around sides.