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Posted By banjoplucker 12/31/2017 1:39:15 PM
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 Posted 12/31/2017 1:39:15 PM
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It not having been a good buying month it came as a surprise this morning, when these two Welsh classics waltzed into the pump house (antique centre). Then like bus,s they were followed by a gem of a "Sunday best" twist box.http://www.bottledigging.org.uk/forum/Uploads/Images/19bdc22e-2a9a-45a5-a006-414d.JPG

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This would have been a "Sunday best" twist or tobacco box from the mining village of Cwmdare near Aberdare. All though not marked as such would have been bought from "Sam Thomas Treherbert" Whos engraving work is unmistakable. Most miners had a "working tin" for carrying twist only (no smoking underground) and another for twist or tobacco for clay pipe smoking in the working mans clubs, 1902 was still the clay pipe Era:)


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Here is my Aberdare and environs tray:D So happy to have added that little Rembrant to the collection.http://www.bottledigging.org.uk/forum/Uploads/Images/424ad7cd-4f8c-424d-98db-86ed.JPG
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 Posted 12/31/2017 2:52:15 PM
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Superb grouping of boxes Cyril........thanks for showing them.

Wanted; Aberavon/Port Talbot and Afan valley bottles. Neath, Swansea, Maesteg and Briton Ferry Ginger Beers.
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 Posted 12/31/2017 4:27:32 PM
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I see you have gone into those boxes, big time and I can see why. :cool: For me they are deeply social items of our past and identity. :satisfied:

The gingers are none too shabby either. :Wow:

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Dedicated to Neath area bottles, flagons etc.



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 Posted 12/31/2017 6:13:13 PM
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Very nice indeed.

* Wanted: James Lewis miniature blue Hamilton and any Billericay bottles and any round pub flasks. Please pm me if you have any or know of any for sale. I may have good lids/bottles for swaps or your best cash price paid *Always looking for new dig sites in the South East*



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Those boxes are superb,to say the least.
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Well I cannot believe I let this one slip past and have only just noticed this marvellous collection of twist tins!:w00t:

Henry Rees would without a shadow of doubt known my Great Grandfather and many of my relatives if he was in Bwllfa in 1902. He may even have drank and played quoits with him, my Grandfather and great uncle on the green in front of the terrace. The Quoits clubhouse is still there but is now home to a flock of white geese from Bwllfa Farm :D


Also Thomas Batten (?) on the middle right tin - can't make it out but I'm sure that says Oxford St Aberdare underneath doesn't it?...If so number 42 is 5 doors down from where my Uncle who worked at Tower Colliery all his life lived and where my Aunty, now in her 9th decade still lives!


Small World!


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ABERDARE & SWANSEA BOTTLES. BERKSHIRE & OXFORDSHIRE ALSO.

"You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody." -  Rousseau 1754
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 Posted 2/9/2018 11:35:57 AM
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Yes they can evoke memories, in the 60,s and 70,s I worked on most of the pits in the Eastern and Western valleys, the aim of the collection is to bring each tin back to life of how close knit the Welsh Valleys were in its contribution to the age of steam and iron making. But like all good plans it has gone adrift:D and I cannot stop collecting them, I think therapy is the only answer:blush:!

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Mr. Dash had a combination lock on his tin, tobacco pinching was not the done thing!!
I have a total of ten trays I think I have a total of 120+ tins at the moment and still going strong!
The Llywdcoed tin brings back memories of skinny dipping in the resevoir there,freezing mountain water on hot summer days that seemed to last forever, yes there is such a thing as climatic change:angry:!
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Cyril,

Just came across this old post of yours and the photograph of the stunning Henry Rees twist box.

The box is in fact from Bwllfa Cottages, Gelli, Rhondda. My grandfather and grandmother lived at 10 Bwllfa Cottages, Gelli in the 1901 census. My grandfather was an "underground horse driver".

On the same census page as my grandparents was Henry Rees (b 1858, Cardiff) living at 2 Upper Bwllfa Cottages with his wife Catherine (b 1859, Cardiff). They had seven children and a nephew at home with them in the 1901 census. Henry was a below ground colliery electrician.

A good Rhondda box!
banjoplucker
 Posted 4/26/2019 6:54:33 PM
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Chris, here is another box, these were made by two makers, both from Treherbert, but of similar design with its distinctive compass pattern on the reverse. Can you shed any light on what the R.SS stands for, or is it P? it is puzzling me, and has for a while:)!http://www.bottledigging.org.uk/forum/Uploads/Images/596b2578-bb3e-4be2-9da9-133b.JPG



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 Posted 4/26/2019 8:26:22 PM
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RSS may be something to do with "steam ship" - especially as there is compass on the back?


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