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Excavations Begin on Paul Revere’s Privy
This story is an excerpt that was printed by Jason Daley on September 27, 2017 at smithsonian.com.
On Monday, archaeologists excavating at the Paul Revere House on Boston’s North End began digging in what they believe in a privy.
According to the Boston Museum of Science, the privy was first located this summer behind the Pierce-Hichborn house,the home of Revere’s cousin Nathan Hichborn immediately adjacent to the Revere’s own home. The house, the fifth oldest in Boston, dates to 1711, and it ground have never undergone archaelogical excavations. Near the property, they found a 4 by 6 foot small brick rectangle, which was likely an outhouse. So far, the dig has found fragments of pottery, a piece of a beer stein, and some coal. The team also found a couple of rare spots of undeveloped ground from the 1600’s, something that has not been discovered in Boston in 25 to 30 years. I’ll make sure to keep my eye open for updates and pass them along as they happen.
The International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) is partnering with the North Carolina Arboretum to develop “Making Scents: The Art and Passion of Fragrance” an exhibition that will open in May 2018 and travel around the U.S. during the next 10 years. Making Scents is designed to inspire and educate visitors about the history and evocative power of scent, it classic containers, and some of Mother Nature’s most fragrant botanicals. Visitors can experience the art and science behind various perfumes and compose their own basic fragrance. For more information, visit www.makingscentsexhibit.com
We all know that guys who steal stuff aren’t known to be brilliant. Well, here’s one of those stories. Recently, a guy broke into the Beatty, Nevada (approximately 100 miles Northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada) Museum and stole thousands of dollars of rare and scarce antique bottles from the Friends of Rhyolite bottle collection. Rhyolite dates back to the early 1900’s and was a booming and thriving silver mining town that didn’t last long, but left a huge impact on Nevada’s mining history. Here’s the brilliant part. This guy then decides to sell a large quantity of the bottles on Ebay, and it didn’t take long until the local bottle collectors saw the postings and knew exactly where those bottles came from. Now, it became easy to trace the seller through Ebay, and Mr. Sticky Fingers soon was paid a visit by the Nye County Sheriff’s Dept. and arrested. Fortunately, all of the bottles back in the museum and will be on display this summer, and he’s in the Gray Bar Hotel where he belongs.
Here’s another neat bottle story that was recently featured in the “Antique Trader Magazine.” In a search for antiquities, Israeli archaeologist have unearthed a far more modern find – century-old liquor bottles that belonged to British soldier in World War I.The Israel Antiquities Authority said March 22 it was excavating 250,000 year-old flint tools when the archaeologists stumbled upon hundreds of liquor bottles near a building where British soldiers were garrisoned in 1917.
Excavation director Ron Toueg say uniform buttons, belt buckles, and riding equipment were found near the city of Ramle in addition to the bottles of gin, whiskey and wine. He said it offered a glimpse into “the everyday life and leisure of the soldiers.” The items appear to have belonged to members of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force commanded by General Edmund Allenby.
Bottle Collecting news! The 8th Edition was published March 1, 2016. In order to continue making the “8th Edition” the most informative reference and pricing guide available, and to provide the beginner and veteran collector with a broad range of detailed pricing information and reference data, major updates and additions have been included in this revised edition. Based on numerous requests by the Pot Lid collectors, the 8th edition is introducing a special new chapter on one of the fastest growing segments to complement bottle collecting, “Pot Lids”.
In addition to a number of valuable illustrations, the 8th Edition features 250 stunning color photographs throughout the book. Also included in this update is complete new pricing updates and revisions for both the “Old Bottles” (pre-1900) and “New Bottles” (post-1900) sections, and a new special feature to assist the collector to better visualize the items. Now, approximately 85% of all the line items, specifically in the “Old Bottle” section, include a color photograph to complement the line item pricing. With this newest added feature, the book now provides the collector with a total of approximately 2000 color photographs, and a unique value-added research source to help with the identification of your bottles.
The “Determining Bottle Values” chapter has been updated and expanded along with the reference and research sections on “Trademarks”, “Bibliography”, and the “Glossary” of glass related terms. This edition also includes extensive chapter updates for the “History and Origin of Glass and Bottles”, Starting a collection, “Basic Bottle Facts”, “Bottle Sources”, Bottle handling techniques, and one of my favorites, “Digging for Bottles”,featuring the digging adventures of Charlie Cook and Terry Guidroz and their crew, from New Orleans, Louisiana. If you have any questions, you can always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my website at www.bottlebible.com.
And, how about a big Happy Belated Birthday to Coca-Cola’s “Hobble-Skirt” contour bottle design, which was patented on November 16, 1915, with the bottle actually going into production in early 1916. The nick name of “Hobble-Skirt” was derived since the contour form of the bottle resembled a dress popular in the early 1900’s. The dress was very narrow below the knees that movement was restricted, which resulted in the women you wore the dress to hobble when they walked.
In the quest for locating museum’s that feature bottles and glass, I wanted to suggest the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio, that has an entire building, The Glass Pavilion, dedicated to glass collectors which opened in 2006 with more than 5,000 collection items. The Pavilion collection include many great Flasks, Bottles, and Blown Glass. Some of the rarer items include the only know example of the GX-23 Standing Liberty-Log Cabin Historical Flask, an extremely rare GI-117 Blue Columbia – Eagle Flask, and a very rare Sapphire Blue pattern molded Midwestern Club Bottle. The best part is that admission to the museum is free and open during regular museum hours. For addition information check out their website at www.toledomuseum.org.
Speaking of museum’s, The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, New York has installed a new exhibit titled “The Malcolm Jones Exhibit.” Malcolm Jones, a second generation glass mold shop worker, worked in the mold shop at Anchor-Hocking’s Salem, New Jersey, plant from 1944 to 1983. Malcolm also work for the Clevenger Brothers Glass Works in nearby Clayton. The exhibit, on loan from NBM member Gerard Dauphinais, includes an array of tools used for hand carving molds which featured pieces made for long-time retiring employees, some bottles blown in those molds, and ceramic test casts. This exhibit is a great example depicting a bridge between the hand-blown and machine-made eras of the bottle industry.
A recent BBC News report from London, England reports that over 13,000 Victorian Food Containers including bottles, jars, and pots were found in a cistern at the construction site of a new train station in the Soho area of London. The majority of the bottles came from Crosse & Blackwell food factory that operated on the site from 1830-1921. Archaeologist Nigel Jeffries of the Museum of London Archaeology stated the find has helped the investigators learn more about “the tastes and plates of the Victorians”. This sound like a bottle digger’s dream come true.
Some of you collectors may have heard about the recent reproductions of Bitter bottles now being produced. The current reproductions are flowing into the market place from China and India. One is the Drake’s Plantation Bitters, another is the Old Sachem Bitter, and the last are Wigwam Tonic Bottles. The Drake’s comes with a reproduction label, but some sellers are removing the labels to make the bottle look more authentic. Also, the tooled tops appear to look more like tooled tops you’d find on early 1900 bottles.
The original Drake’s has an applied top or tooled top to look like the top as applied. On the Old Sachem the embossing is a bad attempt to look good. It is smaller and does not stand out. The base is also a good indicator with the mold seam running across the bottom while the reproduction doesn’t. Reproductions will always be made and the collectors needs to always be on the alert. Remember, if you not sure and it doesn’t look right, then walk away.
Auctions Companies – Bottle Collecting News
Glass Works Auctions – PO Box 180, East Greenville, PA 18041
Information: Jim Hagenbuch, 215-679-5849
Consignments being accepted for 2016 Auctions
American Bottle Auctions- 915 28th St., Sacramento, CA 95816
Information: Jeff Wichmann 800-806-7722
Norman C. Heckler & Company – 79 Bradford Corner Road, Woodstock Valley, CT
Information: Norm Heckler 860-974-1634
McMurray Antiques Auctions: Terry McMurray
PO Box 393, Kirkwood, N.Y.
American Glass Gallery – John Pastor
PO Box 227
New Hudson, MI 48165
American Pottery Auction – PO Box 434, 10931 Main Street, Clarence, NY 14031
Information: Vicki & Bruce Waasdorp 716-759-2361
Glass Discoveries – Ray Klingensmith, PO Box 628, Parkman, OH 44080,740-432-4302Holabird’s Western Americana Collections 3555 Airway Drive, Suite #308 Reno, NV 89511
Information: Fred Holabird 775-851-1859 Morphy Auctions 2000 N. Reading Road Denver, PA 17517 Information: email@example.com/www.morphyauctions.com Rich Penn Auctions PO Box 1355 Waterloo, IA 50704 Information: firstname.lastname@example.org Showtime Auction Service 22619 Monterey Dr. Woodhaven, MI 48183 Information: email@example.com/www.showtimeauctions.com