Club meeting May 2019

Mays meeting was concerned with last details for the club show.

The display on a tray class drew some interesting items, Ink’s, lids and local named muffwarmers and a pin cusion doll group.

Some nice  warners safe cures look at the sample green and large amber quart London

The boots item brought out a pot lid (not pictured) and a lone Sarsaparilla.

The best bought find of the month showed members had been busy.

Notice the mini Price Bristol flagon in the sad finds displayed.

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Dorset Antique Bottle Club Show May 12th 2019

Once again the weather was kind to us and the show was bathed in sunshine.

Bottlers from all over the country came to the show. The gathering in the car park as the show was being assembled inside the hall

Inside the hall befor the rush setup of the sales tables and displays for all to see was taking place.

Displays this year Andy Lane’s creams.

The question he posed strawberries and cream ot cream tea?

A few more of his pots

Shaun Baker showed of some Heartfordshire items and many were astounded by the varition.

Micky Winward sent the message to collect what you like and gave us all a few ideas.

Whilst I showed everyone collecting is a question of variation so true with ginger beers

Thanks guys it surely makes all collectors think and it’s appreciated by all who come to the show and maybe inspires people to collect. I’d like to think so.

Then the doors opened for the stallholders to set up there ware’s for people to add to their collections. A vast array of items to choose from !!!!!!

Both BBR and ABC magazines supported us and the main UK Bottle Auctions BBR and AA Auctions were here to show off what was coming up in their future sales. So a chance for visitors to view and discuss selling items with them.

Thanks to the ladies in the making the famous Dorset bacon baps and serving tea and cake.

Sure was apreciated by the many who after looking around talked bottles and made friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

Graham doing a stint collecting admissions.

Thanks to all who made the event sucessful and came it’s you all who make it happen. Make a date for your diaries for next year second Sunday in May it has been booked see you all there.



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Dorset Club Show MINSTEAD May 12th 2019

Yes it’s fast approaching just one club meeting to go. The event’s organisation for 2019 is well underway and it looks that the stall’s are pretty well sold out.  Look forward to seeing you all May the 12th


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Club April meeting 2019

Certainly some interesting bottles on show and for sale at the Dorset club meet in April

The comps showed some two poisons groups. A weird named double, Quines and Martins Patent.


Irregular Hex’s pairs on the extream 20oZ and 1 drams.

Some rarities from the Isle of Wight

The Wyatt Codd Hybrid and Gould match striker jointly winning the Flux meatpaste pot proclaiming Isle of Wight Produce running in third.

There were some excellent minitures/ samples

The best dug was won buy the ‘Stone’ Acheulean handaxe. it’s not just bottles which interest us

The best bought catagory was as ever keenly contested

There was also an arry if items to buy.

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March Meeting 2019

The march meeting showed off some of Dorsets scarcest GB’s and little and large Codd’s

There were also a good array of beers represented.

As always the boys were busy in the last month buying items for their collections

A couple of sad finds The Sandford pottery jug was a ripper.

A couple of dug finds the Whisky jug took my eye.

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Historical Guide to Advertising Pot Lids

Looking back on 2018 one of the significant highlights was the publication of the long awaited Pot Lid book. Thanks to Bob Jim and Paul for their dedication in collating by far the best UK and overseas reference book on the subject. It is significant in many ways but what touched me most was the way in which the hobby has embraced and supported the project. The acknowledgements read like a who’s who in the bottle world so everyone involved deserves a pat on the back.

The Book was launched at the UK National and I was one of many who had their hardback signed. As I write now the hardback has sold out, (only limited to 250 copies). If you think you have mossed out don’t dispair you can still obtain a soft copy.

The Dorset section has the known examples, including fragment’s of lids, from the County. Thanks to the Dorset Club members who helped in gathering the pictures for the Chapter. This gathering of information and pictured was echoed through the UK regions.

I joked with Bob as to what he was going to do next? He said that since the printing of the book a few more variations have come to light, which is typical! Therefore a supplement is planed to be printed when they get to a reasonable number of straglers. So if you have any let them know.

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Club Meeting Feb 2019

The club comps this month showed a nice array of skittles or ten pin sodas. Whisky  water Jugs. There were signs alot of activity in the best bought items think the chemist carboy did it for me.

Thanks to Graham Day who brought out some of his ginger beer collection. I for one was educated by the Dorset mineral water Company variations he had.



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