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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘Stay Extraordinary’ Coke Bottles may be Unique, but are they Collectible?
When Coca-Cola of Israel announced it was packaging more than two million bottles of Diet Coke, each in a differently patterned shrink-wrap coating, I thought it would be interesting to investigate. The “Stay Extraordinary” ad campaign’s media release says the company wanted to “convey to Diet Coke lovers that they are extraordinary” by creating one-of-a-kind […]
Q & A with Harry Rinker: Silver-Plated Furness Bermuda Shaker
QUESTION: I have a silver-plated salt or pepper shaker from the Furness Bermuda line. It measures approximately 3 1/2 inch high. The bottom is marked “Triple deposit, Mappin & Webb, Prince’s Plate, London & Sheffield C60/28.” The hallmark is an “m” inside a shield. What is its value? – K.J., Bozeman, Mont. ANSWER: In 1874, […]
It’s All in the Marks: Identifying Baccarat Crystal and Glass
Baccarat has built a worldwide reputation for making perfume bottles, barware, quality stemware and chandeliers. Baccarat has a history dating back to the early years of the 19th century, beginning with the production of crystal in 1816. Prior to that time, the company’s main production was mirrors and window panes. Baccarat received its first royal […]