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Posted By toolmaker1 11/8/2012 4:43:18 PM
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 Posted 11/8/2012 4:43:18 PM
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I thought I might show some of the more unusual items that I've either hand dug or found at bootfairs etc

Photos 1 & 2

This came from a small manor house tip a long time ago, which I was given permission to dig for one day and it was by far the best item that I found. The height when measured at the back is 8 inches and the width is 7 inches. The three fixing holes clearly indicate it would be attached perhaps to a post or building and I think it could be a bird nesting box.

Photos 3

Odd by name and very odd in appearance when it’s stood up. The‘Odd Bottle Sherry’ leans at a very bizarre angle when viewed from a certain direction.

The bottle has a Registered No 775601, which dates it to around 1930, but it has an applied lip. When you look at it from one side all appears fairly normal, but turn it around and you could be forgiven for thinking you had drunk just a little much Sherry. It was dug at Tilbury by a mate, has anyone else found one out there?

 

Photos 5 & 6

I dug this from a 1920s tip and it was a lucky find because it was embedded in a ball of clay and just the top of the young woman’s head was visible otherwise I would have missed it.

My thoughts are that this is a match-striker, the matches would be kept in the barrel and when required struck against the serrated edge near the base at the back. Then the spent match would be placed in the pail as the young girl is indicating.

I'll add more to this thread if you tell me it's of any interest.

BT

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 Posted 11/8/2012 4:47:11 PM
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found this picture on stu's machine dig post:)



I am after any Guildford or Godalming bottles,signs,ect: for my collection.  

I have done many deals with forum members and would say i'm a good reliable buyer:)

                                 Thanks

                                  Jordan

 

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 Posted 11/8/2012 6:14:48 PM
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keep it goin! i love odd bits like this!;)

££££ ALWAYS LOOKING FOR BURST LIP FIGURALS££££
when i'm not skint:P
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 Posted 11/8/2012 6:35:11 PM
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good stuff i got one of them wonkey bottles from the cirencester tip dig about 3 years ago, a cool bottle

 

 

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 Posted 11/19/2012 5:14:52 PM
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Thanks guys and here's some more stuff

Dewar’s 6 inches in diameter ceramic coaster.

Dewar’s Perth Whisky / 50 Gold & Prize Medals Awarded to rim with colourful picture of the scene titled ‘The Whisky Of His Forefathers’. WT Copeland and Sons pm to rear.

Apart from having lost its gold band and some slight face wear which may have occurred during use, it remains in overall good condition considering it was dug in water at the bottom of an 8-ft hole at Tilbury  Has anyone else out there been lucky enough to dig one of these

Terracotta Money box.

When you study the photos clearly this is a figural moneybox, it is made from terracotta and 4 inches tall. During the time it has spent in the ground much of the colour has been eroded. However in its full original colours this would have looked a very smart looking piece. As you can see the slot is damaged, probably caused before it was discarded!

This very close to where the  Dewar’s coaster was discovered and at around the same depth. I'd never seen anything like this before which counts for nothing. Are there any more out there?

Candle stick

You may find it hard to believe that this could be a dug item, but its true I dug it from the same tip as the matchstriker shown in my first post on this thread. I was clearing a small banked up area at the edge of the tip and very luckily for the candlestick and me the tines of the fork lodged under the rim at the top and it came out undamaged. However I did have to clean it very carefully and remove some iron staining to get it back to pristine condition.

It stands just over 11 inches in height and underneath the base it is signed Baccarat a famous French crystal glassware company. I have since discovered that it was probably one of a pair. The candle would have been mounted in an enclosed holder on the top, which would then also illuminate the statue as well as the room.

It sit by one of the windows in my bottle room and when the sun illuminates it from a certain angle it looks stunning. Has anyone out there got the other one?

BT

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 Posted 11/19/2012 5:33:11 PM
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thats candle stick is amazing and crazy that someone chucked it! the syphon coaster is a beauty never seen one as detailed as that before!

does thast money box have a hole in the bottom to remove the coins or was it one designed to be broken? cheers ben

 

 

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 Posted 11/19/2012 7:33:18 PM
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Some highly interesting and fascinating additions you've put on here in the last couple of days Brian.

The 'Odd Bottle' sherry I have dug two of in the last couple of years but despite hearing of one or two others I wouldn't describe them as common. Great marketting gimmick as they would have made great table conversation pieces!

The birdhouse is a super discovery to have dug and I certainly have never seen another.

We had a very similar Dewars coaster of the Wembley,Willesden & Hampstead threaded dig but with a different equally well detailed pictorial.

The star for me though has to be this.....

....what a discovery to have dug!!

Baccarat were, and still are, very high quality crystal glass makers in France and started around the mid C18th if my memory serves me correctly. Your particular candlestick is typical of the quality of pieces they produced in the neo-classical taste. Although much of their wares are of a much plainer clean lined form I have seen other figural pieces from them which incidentally were also candlesticks. I do know they produced candlesticks of a similar type with the bases and stems formed as fish(grotesque dolphins to use the technically correct terminology!) which had their heads on the bases with the bodies rising upwards as the stems and the fanned tails supporting the candle sconces and these are keenly collected as are alot of their deco scent bottles particular by US collectors  Although I doubt this gem would ever leave your vaults I have no hesitation in rating it over the three figure mark even as a single. A pair would easily go well well up into three figures especially being in an opaque finish. Superbly lit and executed photograph by the way!

Haven't seen something on here I'd love to own as much for a very long time...fantastic piece and thanks for showing;)

Atb

Stu

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 Posted 1/13/2013 6:37:59 PM
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THe Bacarrat is more likely four digit in my opinon - highly desirable and collectable - is it signed?

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 Posted 10/18/2013 11:24:09 AM
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your tiddly sherry bottle,its very interesting,as ive got a brown 30s glass bottle that is,erm,bent in the middle-straight up!i believe it to be smoe sort of whacky 30s bottle that would have contained a cocktail mixer of some sort,but its not small,about the same size as a pint beer bottle,and believe me its crazy too:w00t:

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Hi There,

Iam very interested in this item is it for sale please.

Regards Mick.

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