Category: Antiques

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…

Unreal light puce Dr. Tebbitt’s dive find !

    Bottle : Dr. Tebbitt’s Physiological Hair Regenerator  Year dug : 2014  Type of dive site: Fresh water pond   Notes: I am the one who found this dive “site”, but I didn’t find this bottle. My diving buddy found it, and we…