Minstead Show report May 8th 2016.

After an early shower of rain the sun shone down on us and we were graced with good weather. People unloaded from the cars in preparation for set up in the main hall. As the Stall holders and early entry were waiting out side Dorset club members made ready the hall and set up the displays. Allowing people to the kitchen for the famous Dorset show bacon bap.

We were certainly on Dorset time and allowed stallholders entry at 8.45 to unpack closely followed by the early entry. During this time there were certainly some bargains had. Some stallholders just come to our show. As the unwrapping commenced further the show gathered pace then settled down.




Attendees then had time to  chat, socialize. The caterers were kept busy all day with baps tea and home made cakes. The Club is well known as one of the best for it’s food throughout the show circuit, and at reasonable prices as well.


The displays were a talking point as well and thanks must go to Mike Squires, Shaun Baker, Micky Winwood Russ Smith and myself for showing off some top shelf items.

Mike a keen interest in impressed stoneware and pottery makers and his display of impressed early Brighton Ginger Beers were excellent. Some were the actual ones featured in Steve Homewoods ‘Brighton bottles’ book. One person from the area wondered how they had escaped from the region.


Shaun is ‘Mr Salisbury’  a life long collector showed of present/ trinket ware and a vast array of Sarum Kettles a unique design to the region. I was struck that some of the wares showed the famous Stonehenge.


Micky up until a few years ago had no inks his was a World Class grouping showing rare subtle color variations helped by purchasing a significant group which had taken thirty years plus to gather.


Lastly was a truly magnificent grouping of round ender Codd Hybrids by myself and Russ (outgoing ed of ABC mag). I showed off my Solent grouping of twenty six hybrids and Russ truly blew us all away with an international grouping of patent’s, colored lips & marbles and that amber.

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It was well worth attending just to see the displays in the flesh!

BBR’s Alan Blakeman held a quick on the road auction at midday there was some good prices and veritable bargains.


The show ended a bit early 1pm when people packed up and some took lunch and a few beers in the village pub.

All in all a good time was generally had by all and I think everyone went away happy. Can’t wait to next years bash.

Thanks to one and all who helped participated and attended.

PS news has filtered out on the various bottle forums and thanks go to Colin Savage for putting together a U-tube vid of his Minstead Show day. I think it captures the event.

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Dorset Club meeting May 2016

At Mays meeting there was a pre-show buzz and concerned with dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s  to ensure that we hadn’t left anything to chance.

may9The competitions as usual showed the depth of members collections and interests. The best bought items category was as usual the most keenly contested and showed that we all are out there foraging for the goodies to enhance the collections. It will be interesting to see what is found at the club show and put on show next month. See the very nice Scottish Richardson’s saltglazed Tobacco or snuff jar, a long way from home.

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Three local Codds

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There will be a BBR Auction at Minstead Show 2016


During the last few days due to popular demand there will be A BBR Auction held at The New Forest bottle show Minstead 2016.

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Minstead Show 2016

Only a few sleeps before our annual club show next weekend on Sunday 8th May. The venue was booked last year, the planning is coming together, The displays being fine tuned, The cakes nearing baking and the signs being re-strung. The stalls pretty much booked. All in preparation for the people and public to come and buy, natter, socilise and have a good time.

See you there!!!


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New WILTSHIRE Bottle & Collectors Fair Sept 2016


It’s been a long time since a new show has been started and we in Dorset welcome this new show just over the county boundary in Corsham Wiltshire as wish it a great Success. Organised by Well known bottle collector and trader Chris Bultitude.



CONTACT Chris  ‘chrisandcarole@btinternet.com’

Local and National Displays are planned as well as a BBR ‘On the road’ Auction

I’ve updated the show calendar to include this one as well as the dates for some of the later shows in the year.

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Shows and Auctions up to May 2016

March’s Alton Show was buzzing as usual the official Show report as produced by the Alton club gives you a good insight in to what it was all about. Also have at their website for their latest update.  A new insight in to the show was also brought to us Thanks Colin.

For Cirencester’s show the following week I was up bright and early and managed to get a parking space outside the hall a first! There was certainly an increased attendance possible helped by a BBR on the road Auction. Colin has produced a vid of the show from his perspective so click here and get a visual run down.

Alan Austin’s on line auction had some nice gems and is well worth a look and bid book mark it for the future. Here’s a link to the catalogue and results and some pics.mineral group stoneware group needle lamp

Some classey minerals and I haven’t seen that Southsea flagon before and the Egyptian Needle oil lamp (despite damage) was a rare offering.

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Dorset Club Meeting March April 2016

Ahh! Forgot camera for March so no pic’s sorry for all you regular followers. So I’ll make up with April’s

Competition voting time .


Andy Having a good local directory read after dinner.


A few Mini Marmalades, Spot the rare Health Tonic marmalade Kelliers pot  C 1912

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Classy Dorchester rolled lip Hamilton’s, Wren Boscombe.

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Sad dug find shaving soap pot

april2The best bought category was keenly contested as members added more items to their collections. Small Foulstans Crescent poison Diamond reg cottage ink, Rose tooth past lid London, Oldfields Portsea narrow neck Codd & Slab Seal Flagon Bishop Dorchester.

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