Know No Better upcycled glass lantern

Know No Better upcycled glass lantern

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Know No Better, Cir 1945

Casco Bottling Co was established in 1937 by a business savvy young man named Manual Levi who previously worked as an Operations Manager at Coca-Cola’s bottling facility located at 80 Bell St in Portland, Maine. When Coke moved production to South Portland, Levi seized the opportunity and took over the facility. In the 1950’s they marketed themselves as the Thoroughbred of Carbonated Beverages and it’s hard to argue with their obvious popularity. At the time Casco produced 17 different flavors of carbonated soda. 

After Levi’s death in 1961, his wife Lillian took over and Casco continued to thrive. Sensing changes within the industry Lillian began bottling Moxie, Orange Crush and 7UP alongside their own while other independent bottlers in Portland went out of business. In 1978, Lilian retired after two decades as CEO and sold the firm to a former colleague. Clearly lacking the Levi’s business acumen operation ceased two years later, ending five decades of production and manufacturing.

What’s Inside: 

Tea light sits on the base of a pewter tulip shaped essential oil warmer highly sought after by diehard Cottagecore collectors. Sorry Dearie!


Local creative Mary Cloutier scours the state of Maine for vintage glass bottles, jewelry, and candlesticks that she refashions into truly one of a kind lanterns. Designed to hold tea lights (real or flameless) but just as lovely hanging out on their own. These unique pieces make thoughtful gifts for any birthday, celebration, or regular old Wednesday.

Made in Maine with love and history.

A note from the maker:

I make lanterns out of historically significant objects that reconnect consumers to Maine and New England’s industrious past. My work is a culmination of an inherited appreciation for antiques and desire to pull these materials out of the waste stream.


Every object has a life cycle, this sequence begins with harvesting raw materials which are manufactured into a product that is sold to consumers. Although this process alters the physical form and intended use of these items, the transformation creates a new chapter in its life cycle I hope never ends.