Category: Antiques

3 oddballs from a 1920s dig

Found these three this week in a 1920s dump along a highway. A square poison, a slag glass auto ashtray, and a slag glass 1940s hotrod stick shift knob!

Hamming it up for my daughters college assignment

My daughter Annie called me from school at U Maine Oromo, and said she needed to do a 5 minute documentary for her new media class, and could she do it on me bottle digging.  Of course I said yes because I want to…

Colonial Soapstone Inkwell with 4 quill holes DUG

I was excited to find this stone ink bottle behind a 1700s house dump!  It has four holes on the corners as quill rests, plus the center hole for the ink.  I love to picture what documents might have been signed with this one!

Newsletter, April 2016

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Quincy takes to the water!

If I’m lucky enough, my son Quincy come with me digging,  and has just started doing some river snorkeling with me over the past year or two.  He is braver than I was at his age.  You couldn’t have got me to snorkel in…

DIGGING ON ANTIQUE BOTTLE: START YOUR COLLECTION WITH GLASS INK POTS

Many advanced collectors of early American glass bottles will tell you the category they first started collecting was ink bottles. Their diminutive size and alluring colors and shapes catch the eye of anyone with an appreciation for detail and a fascination with the early…

ANCHORS, HARPOONS AND BRASS SHIP’S FITTINGS ARE MARITIME TREASURE WAITING IN THE MUD

Here in New England, if you look carefully with a “pickers” eye, you may be lucky enough to come across artifacts from one of its signature touchstones from its historical past—fishing and whaling. These maritime treasures are sought after by collectors, and the demand…

VICTORIAN TRASH FOR CHRISTMAS: A FINE PIN CUSHION DOLL

For almost 40 years, I have been on my hands and knees, digging through trash. It is to the point where more people know me by my “a.k.a.” name—The Downeast Digger—than by my actual name. It started innocently enough, as my older brother towed…

COLLECTIBLE MATCHBOX CARS: HOPE YOU SAVED THE BOX!

I am 54 years old. So if my math is correct, it would have been about 46 years ago (the late 1960s). Now, I’ll sound more like I’m 80 years old when I tell you that my dearly departed Mother would occasionally take me…

Dover N.H. Salt Glaze Stoneware Beer

These are some of the best bottles and other treasures I’ve recovered. Bottle :   Stoneware     “Smith’s White Root” Year dug: 2015 Type of dive site:     Deep fresh water river Notes:   I got this deep in the grainy sand at the bottom of a river….

ANTIQUE MARBLES—THE SIMPLEST OF TOYS IS NOW A COMPLEX HOBBY

I had a 15-minute break from work one Saturday a couple of years ago and decided to spend it cruising through the flea market up the road, near where I live here in Maine. I’m an antique bottle digger and collector, and that’s what…

COLLECTOR’S YEARS OF DIGGING, DIVING FOR BOTTLES ON DISPLAY AT NEW HAMPSHIRE MUSEUM

Also featured in the “All Bottled Up” exhibit at the Woodman Institute Museum in Dover, N.H., are bottles from another local collector, Dave Landry. They feature amazing colors and designs of his bottles, including figural bitters bottles, mineral water bottles from Saratoga Springs, and…