Category: Auction

Newsletter, April 2016

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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…

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…

Civil War Letters Sold at Auction

Over 26 letters were found in a home in York, ME, corresponding between a soldier in the Civil War and his family. Scanned copies of this letters will be posted soon for those who are interested! The letter on the right included a ticket…