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Many breweries who were early adopters of beer cans chose cone top cans so they could use their existing bottling equipment.  The Crown Cork & Seal company produced bottle caps starting in 1892, long before they started manufacturing beer cans.  The cans they manufactured (J-Spouts and Crowntainers) beginning in 1937 used their bottle caps, so it was a great marketing model for the company. The caps for this era of cone top cans all had a cork lining to keep the liquid contents from leaking out.  In the 60's, cork-lined caps gave way to plastic-lined caps. 

Bottle caps themselves are very collectible.  There are many people who collect just bottle caps (also know as "crowns") and hundreds of caps are traded on eBay everyday. 

This photo gallery contains individual pictures of the caps I have on my crowntainers.  I have caps on 98% of my cans.  I try to find the "correct" cap, or at least an appropriate cap, to match the can.  When I find one that is a closer match or in better condition, I upgrade the cap, pry off the old one and put the new cap on the can.  Some states like Pennsylvania and Ohio required generic "state" caps, so in some cases I chose to used a "technically inappropriate" cap which had the breweries' brand name or logo instead of the generic state cap.  Please let me know if you have information on whether any of my caps are, or are not, the proper cap for the can. 

I have separated my cap photos onto several pages to reduce the load time for each page. The numbers below each picture is a reference to the crowntainer photo in the United States Beer Cans book.  Click on any individual cap to see a larger picture and use your browser's Back button to return. 



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Last updated 04/18/18

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