• 4 Jan
    2016

Telling Between Real and Reproduction Cherry Blossom Depression Glass

Cherry Blossom is just one of the hundreds of Depression glass patterns produced. It happens to by my favorite so it’s the easiest to write about for me! Cherry Blossom was produced by the Jeannette Glass Co., located in Jeannette, Pa., from 1930-39. It was produced in the standard pink and green, but a great […]

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  • 4 Dec
    2015

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 my sister and me out in the trailer of our old […]

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  • 20 Oct
    2015

When Preparing a Table for a Ghoulish Party, Decorate with Halloween Glass

Creepy crawlers and things that go bump in the night are always welcome this time of year. Halloween is right around the corner. Ghosts and goblins yelling “Trick or Treat,” carved pumpkins illuminated on the porch and your teenagers couch bound for a night filled with popcorn and scary movies! Some of us who still […]

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  • 6 Oct
    2015

Dining with Antiques – State Drinking Glasses & Beverages

The states in the union take great pride in their uniqueness and individuality. There are state birds, state colors, state flowers, state trees, state songs, state fish and even state mythical creatures. But who ever knew there were state beverages? For those of us who collect, that’s pretty great, because there is also a frosted […]

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  • 3 Aug
    2015

EBay has changed the Face of Bottle Collecting (just like every other Collectible)

For those of us who have been collecting enthusiasts for more than 30-plus years, the advent of eBay was a colossal game-changer. In my specialty—collecting antique American bottles—it has certainly been the case. In the 1970 and ’80s, someone who bought and sold bottles—or dug them out of the ground like me—had two places to […]

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  • 17 Jul
    2015

News on the Wire: Glass Telegraph Insulators Offer Collectible Cash

Something you see for sale at almost any flea market or tag sale are antique telegraph insulators. These are the heavy glass fittings found at the top of telephone poles, about the size of a softball, that hold and insulate electric wires from the wooden pole. They were manufactured by the hundreds of thousands, most […]

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  • 6 Jul
    2015

Read My Lips… There’s Treasure in Your Back Yard!

Almost any time I mention to someone that I dig for antique bottles, the first words out of their mouths is something along the lines of: “… you’re kidding! Well, as a matter of fact, one time we were digging a hole for a new water pipe behind our house and the back hoe started […]

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  • 7 Apr
    2015

A Holy Grail of New England Bottles, a ‘Stoddard Flag Flask,’ Found

Yes, that headline is correct, and I’d love to be able to say I was the one who found it. I didn’t, but the next best thing is for a friend of mine to have dug it up. He did, and I was able to see it and hold it myself. My friend, whose name […]

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  • 2 Feb
    2015

That ‘Doggone’ Rug: How Some Typos can be turned into Collectible Gold

There are times when attention to detail seems to have gone to the dogs. At least, that’s the opinion of Bob Gualtieri, the sheriff of Pinellas County, Fla., who ordered a large green rug from American Floor Mats. The rug was to feature the Sheriff’s Office logo: a black, gold, and blue star emblazoned with […]

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  • 22 Jan
    2015

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 glass-blowing trade as it developed on this continent. For a beginner […]

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