2020 Bottle show dates added

Just added the UK bottle show dates for 2020. You will notice that there is a new date in May for another Oxford show. We wish it a great success. I will add show flyers as i get them. So keep an eye out.

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Meeting Date Jan 9th 2020

Notice to all members the clubs meeting date for Jan 2020 has been changed the hall is closed on the 2nd so we will meet on Jan 9th. See you all there.

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Oxford Show Nov 30th 2019

Just to let everyone know I’ve corrected the Oxford Club Show date which was incorrectly advertised in the show calender. It’s Saturday Nov 30th. A well attended Club show and recommended. Always fresh stock to buy and the last Show of the year before Christmas.

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Surrey Club Show 2019 Chessington

Surrey Club held its show Sept 9th at Chessington Community College. Headed up the M3 and on to the M25 to the Leatherhead junction from Dorset. Always a good array of stalls and excellent displays to view. BBR held an on the road Auction here.

I was tempted by the Richard Hayward & Co Sail and cloth works Crewkerne Showcard but resisted temptation. Just over the Dorset border in Somerset.


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Club meeting Sept 2019

Russ Showed off some of his weird Aussie patents

Class 1 blackglass GB’s I’ll apologise for the picture quality in advance they are so difficult to photograph.

Class 2 two octagonal inks nice colour shades to these which make the oh so collectable.

Class 3 two medicines

Class 4 best dug

Class 5 best finds

Class 6 Sad find’s if only that Dumpy patent 6 was whole!

Class 7 An old Toy shows a time when presents were made.

I think the Marshallsay flagon was for sale.

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Exeter Show 2019

With Exeter just over the boarder the Dorset members assembled a party and attended the Devon clubs show held at Exeter racecourse. It’s a really good venue and well supported. With a chance of finding a few local items to add to the collections.

The show

The club always put on a good array of displays and they are well apreciated.


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Club meeting August 2019

A few items bought to show this month. Sankey’s Lids and creams and ‘ten green beer bottles’ (eight shown) with scarce brewery names on.

Two non pictorial pot lids class

Class two Cavier

The miniture class 3 drew many entries.

Best Dug class 4

Class 5 the best bought many showed off their National purchases. The Mitchell’s patent mineral was a bargin local buy.

Saddest find class 6 was the badly cracked Wimborne flagon


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Summernational Show Elsecar 2019

Ahh I forgot to take photo’s of the club meeting in July! I guess it was the anticipation for the annual pilgrimage to the Summernational held at Elsecar. The journey upto the event from our neck of the woods did seem less frought and I made the it in seamingly record time (without breaking any speed limits I mught add!).

There is a real chance of finding some local items dug and found from the other regions so it’s well worth attending and helping them find their way back home. I often wonder how they traveled so far. Most of the Dowden blackglass GB’s have so far be found in Scotland for example but thats another story.

Plenty to entice you on the array of for sale stalls. The main BBR auction of the year Alan always saves some special items for this show. And more importantly a chance to meet up with friends from far and wide, catch up and see what they have been up to over a meal and a few pint’s

Thanks To Alan and the BBR Crew.

Lots to see and do and a must attend event for anyone who is serious about bottle collecting in the UK. Believing participation adds to your enjoyment I set up my display in the cabinet. The displays were well supported this year and I’d recommend it to anyone.

This year there was also a single item Catagory



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Club meeting June 2019

Members showed off their Dumpy Seltzers from local Mineral water firms. These are in the main difficult to find and are eagerly sought after. South Western Mineral water Co, Randall Ryde, Hygine, Saul, Dorset mineral water Co & Nobbs Stent Dorchester pictured.

Two favorite items from your collection showed some surprises.

The incised GB class showed off some real rare ones.  Sharp and Hibberd Christchurch, Redman Wareham, Saul and Co Bournemouth.

Five items in the best bought this month. members showing off show aqusitions. Early patent 16 Codd, Dewers jug, Pontiled Daffys, Rock Blue and a Blacklock & co Bournemouth pot lid.

There were a couple of dug finds a whole clay pipe and a maws pot lid.

Sad finds included a Lambert Bournemouth GB and large mug sized Beach and Barnicott ointment.

I snapped up a C1840 Thomas Chidell and Co Southampton saltglazed flagon from items for sale table.

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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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