Digging into Victorian and Edwardian rubbish dumps may seem a crazy way to earn a living, but many thousands of people in Britain alone have been involved in such a hobby part-time since the 1970s. It all started in the U.S.A. in the 1950s when old frontier towns were searched for their throwaway bottles. The patent quack medicine bottles of the 19th century proved a fascinating subject of research. Dump- digging soon spread to Canada and the U.K. and is also particularly strong in Australia.
The finds in old refuse are not just bottles. In a century when local chemists made their own toothpaste in the back of the shop, it was sold in small ceramic pots with lids which had printed advertising on them under the glaze. Chemists could design their own advertising lids and the individuality and naivety of these is part of their charm. This was a time before the invention of the squeezable tube which we use today for toothpaste, creams and ointments. Ointments claiming to cure a wide variety of illnesses were sold in these pots, something which is illegal today. Ointments can alleviate or soothe problems, but they cannot claim to cure!
In Digging for Treasure the author points out that once a dump has been emptied of its finds by hordes of collector-diggers, they have to constantly be searching for other sites. This has become a problem today as gradually more and more old rubbish dumps disappear under the building of trading estates, car parks and housing estates. Whilst this is admittedly true, the author believes there are still some town dumps yet to be found, although fast disappearing. Also he advocates the re-digging of sites which were inefficiently dug by zealous collectors the first time around.
Victorian refuse dumps yield a wide variety of glass bottles, printed stoneware and ceramic pots and advertising lids, clay pipes with decorated bowls, china dolls’ heads, brown salt-glazed stoneware bottles and jars. Some of the rarer bottles and pot-lids are now selling for several hundreds of pounds and the very rare up to £5,000. As sites become even more difficult to find, this trend for higher prices must continue.
The author points the way to the future in what he describes as the “forgotten dumps.” In the book he describes the research he has done on the collection of refuse in the U.K. which is a subject most of us pay scant attention to. Many would believe that there has always been a collection of our waste, but this is not so. In many towns and villages, the collection of household waste was not organised until after 1900. The smaller the village, the later was collection introduced. Although in London and a few other large cities, refuse collection began from about the 1880s, some small villages did not have this facility until about 1920. As town dumps gradually disappear under buildings, the author points the way forward for dump-diggers of the future – what he calls the forgotten dumps – and he claims there are tens of thousands of them to be found.
The hobby of bottle-collecting also covers the collecting of pot-lids and other finds and in all English-speaking countries there are clubs, magazines and auctions to cater for collectors. Online auctions on e-bay for antique bottles and pot-lids receive bids from all over the world. Bottles and pot-lids are big business and for anyone wishing to dig up their own antiques, this book is indispensable.
If you've ever dreamed of making knives, Wayne Goddard will show you how to get started without investing a fortune in fancy gear.
You'll learn all about selecting steel, forging, grinding, heat treating and finishing knives without the huge and expensive tools found in some shops. Goddard even teaches you to make wire Damascus blades with the simplest of tools.
This book is a great companion to Godard's book, The Wonder of Knifemaking, and provides all the details needed to set up a backyard knife shop and start turning out great blades.
"This book continues to be a must-have resource for any serious collector."-Recommended by AntiqueFishingLures.com"
For more than 25 years, "Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide" has been the most trusted source for antiques and collectibles identification and values. Whether you're a collector, dealer, auctioneer, appraiser, estate sale liquidator, or insurance adjuster, you'll find this the handiest guide on your shelf.
More than 4,500 Color Photos for Easy Identification
Plus marks, detailed descriptions, and current prices for hundreds of categories and thousands of listings!Bonus insider informationExpert advice on buying and sellingDefinitions of key antiques termsTips about auctions, shows, and estate sales
Features 15 category market reports: AsianBaseballCeramicsCoca-ColaComicsFurnitureGlassJewelryModernismNativeAmericanPetrolianaRecordsSilverwareU.S. CoinsWorld War II
For nearly 30 years, Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles has been the leading source for information on antiques and collectibles. Filled with expert advice, vetted values and 4,500 color photographs, Antique Trader provides the clearest and most dependable picture of this amazingly diverse and magnificent market.
Inside you will enjoy a variety of new collecting areas, as well as old favorites. Including: Asian art, bottles, ceramics, Civil War collectibles, clocks, comic books, cookie jars, figurines, furniture, glass, Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, illustration art, kitchenware, perfume bottles, petroliana, toys, vintage clothing and Zippo lighters. Also new this year is Top Lots, a feature highlighting the bestselling results from some of the finest auction houses nationwide.
Expanded with new collector information, how-to stories, photographs and other images, historical background, vintage and contemporary maker listings and more, Blade's Guide to Knives & Their Values provides you with inside details, values and other tantalizing tidbits to maximize enjoyment of your knife hobby. Identify, date and appraise virtually any knife with updated value guides and thousands of illustrations and descriptions. Decipher the values of knives from many of the world?s greatest custom makers—living and dead—via the totally overhauled and expanded custom/handmade section. Learn all about collecting knives: how to grade, buy and sell, and care for knives; how to recognize fakes; explore the latest blade steels and handle materials; build and maintain a collection; and a whole lot more!
Do you attend car boot sales or browse in antique shops in search of bargains? Have you ever wished you knew more about grandma’s silver spoon? Do you envy the experts’ ability to identify and date old hand-me-downs? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, Collins Gem Antique Marks is for you.
Packed with thousands of clear illustrations, the book shows hallmarks on silver, gold and platinum, as well as those on Old Sheffield Plate, pewter, pottery and porcelain. Complete with a history of hallmarks and how to read them, Collins Gem Antique Marks is absolutely indispensable.
The book provides:
Full hallmarks for silver from London, Edinburgh, York, Norwich, Exeter, Dublin, Newcastle, Chester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Sheffield, along with maker’s marks from these cities.
Up-to-date hallmarks for gold and platinum.
Old Sheffield plate marks, showing the variety of maker’s marks.
Pewter marks and a selection of pewter touch marks.
Pottery and porcelain marks showing both letter and name marks, and symbol marks.
IT'S GUN DIGEST 2013!
Since 1944, Gun Digest has been regarded as the shooter's No. 1 resource worldwide. Our 2013 edition, our 67th Edition, is nothing less, as we continue the tradition of bringing you more of everything that firearms fanatics crave!
In-depth articles about the world's most fascinating guns, testfire reports on the latest models, insights about fine collectibles and one-of-a-kind custom creations, and round-ups of what's new in firearms, ammo, reloading and optics from today's leading manufacturers - you simply won't find a more comprehensive collection of firearms information.
It's all here! Rifles, Handguns & Shotguns Tactical Firearms Engraved & Custom Guns Ammunition Handloading Resources And more! Whether you're interested in the latest tactical firearms or want to learn more about firearms or want to learn more about firearms history - or anything else related to guns and shooting - you'll find it in Gun Digest 2013, 67th Edition.
Want to know just what's in that box of coins Grandpa Earl left you? Or do you just want to embark on a hobby that will bring you years of enjoyment, and maybe a profit?
Warman's U.S. Coin Collecting is the book that will tell you everything you need to know about collecting U.S. Coins from author Alan Herbert.
What is my coin worth? Don't clean your coin! Tools of the trade Proof coins, proof and mint sets Commemorative coins Grading coins Coins as an investment Bullion coins
And more than 100 questions and answers about U.S. coins, including little-known facts.
Listed alphabetically by manufacturer, this new edition covers 100 years of pumps through detailed listings including production information, company history and fun facts about pump operations.
Ultimate online gas pump site - www.oldgas.com identifies no less than 100 restored stations and petroliana museums around the U.S. and abroad
Features 1,500 color illustrations, including many never-before-seen images of pumps manufactured between 1885 and 1967
The AR-15 has become America's favorite rifle-and no one knows it better than Patrick Sweeny. Now, in Volume 3 of his best-selling series on the AR, Sweeney unlocks the mysteries behind the piston AR. From factory-stock rifles to do-it-yourself conversions, if there's anything you want to know about the latest generation of the AR-15s, you'll find it in Gun Digest® Book of The AR-15, Volume 3.
It's All Here!Piston designsConversions from direct impingement to piston operationNew manufacturers: H&K, Sun Devil, CMMG, among othersMagazines and other accessoriesAnd much, much more!Whether you're buying your first AR or building one from the ground up, there's no better reference than Sweeney's AR series from Gun Digest® Books. And now, with Gun Digest® Book of The AR-15, Volume 3, you too, will be an expert on the most popular rifle in America!
In 101 Knife Designs, join master smith Murray Carter as he reveals the successful traits of knife designs that have lasted throughout history. Knife enthusiasts and knife makers alike will learn to: Identify common traits in great knives. Understand how to apply them to new knife design. For the first time ever, Carter shares details of his personal collection of successful patterns--created and perfected over decades of designing and making knives.
Dazzling, full-color images of completed knives--from renowned photographer Hiro Soga--provide inspiration and direction as you apply these principles to create your own custom knife designs.
With 101 Knife Designs, you, too, can make practical knives that will become cherished keepsakes.
Noted firearms training expert Massad Ayoob takes an in-depth look at some of the finest pistols on the market. If you own a SIG-Sauer pistol, have considered buying one or just appreciate the quality of these find pistols, this is the book for you. Ayoob takes a practical look at each of the SIG-Sauer pistols including handling characteristics, design and performance. Each gun is every caliber is tested and evaluated, giving you all the details you need as you choose and use your SIG-Sauer pistol.
Mistakes happen. Now you can cash in on them.
The U.S. Mint produces error coins every year on every denomination. From doubled die cents to rotated reverse quarters to missing letters on dollars, these coins can be worth far more than face value.
Featuring expert insight, hundreds of close-up images, concise details on what to look for and where, and up-to-date market values, you will learn how to spot and profit from even the most well disguised treasures in the new edition of Strike It Rick with Pocket Change.
Not sure how to tell Chippendale from Queen Anne, or Art Deco from Art Nouveau? Learn the easy way with the author's entertaining style. Frank Farmer Loomis IV is an expert communicator who knows how to engage students with anecdotes and humor. If you're looking for clear, simple explanations rather than unpronounceable terms like corbeille a fleurs (flower basket) or sang de boeuf (red glaze), you've come to the right place, as he will "demystify all the perplexing twaddle" for you. And while you're learning, discover your antiquing personality and how antiquing can reduce stress.
A User-Friendly Reference for Antiquers Master 16 major antique furniture styles and the six main woods Use furniture styles to identify and date other antiques Learn the various types of china, silver, pewter, and their marks
Organized in 13 categories, including Americana, banned, paranormal and mystery, this guide discusses identifying and grading books, and provides collectors with details for identifying and assessing books in 8,000 listings.
With an all-star cast of renowned knifemakers, BLADE's Guide To Making Knives 2nd Edition brings you the most up-to-date, inside information available on fashioning edged implements. In this full-color, meticulously illustrated volume:John Lewis Jensen, designer and fabricator of one-of-a-kind ornamental edged weaponry, presents a step-by-step guide to creating your own art knife in "Desk Daggers: A Limited Edition Jensen Knives Trio." Tim Zowada, forger of damascus and smelted steel, reveals his trade secrets and methods in "Making the Using Knife." Allen Elishewitz lends his knowledge and know-how in "Making Patterns and Using a Pantograph," for those in the design stages of fashioning fine knives. Don Fogg, arguably one of the best sword makers on the planet, shares his expertise in "Forging Steel from Raw Materials." Vince Evans, crafter of Scottish dirks, Viking swords, Central Asian weaponry and other exotic and historical pieces, reveals his methods for "Making and Carving a Scottish Dirk." Rick Dunkerley, known for his mosaic-damascus masterpieces, opens his world of knowledge in "Building a Damascus Locking-Liner Folder." Kevin Hoffman unlocks the mysteries of "Lost Wax Casting for Guards & Pommels," illustrating each and every step of this tedious yet rewarding process.
It's All Here!
Forging — Grinding — Heat Treating — Etching — Polishing — Sharpening Blades — Guards — Pommels — Bolsters — Handles — Sheaths
Whether your interest in making knives is new or you've been crafting blades for years, BLADE's Guide to Making Knives 2nd Edition arms you with knowledge to help you reap the rewards of a fruitful and fulfilling knifemaking hobby or career.
Warman's PEZ Field Guide
At last, a guide you can really carry along to flea markets, garage sales and shows containing hundreds of photos to make on-the-spot appraisals easy.550 photos of collectible PEZ dispensersUp-to-date pricingPEZ history, collecting advice and an illustrated gloassaryA list of resources and conventions
This colorful book gives readers a detailed look at 600 pieces of collectible art plastic jewelry, complete with current pricing, descriptions and history behind each piece. Featuring tips on collecting, art plastic jewelry enthusiasts won't find a more comprehensive reference on the market!
Step into the fascinating world of watches. From the early "trench watches" of World War I to some of today's elegant diamond-studded cocktail watches, Vintage Wristwatches will entertain and educate you about these small works of art that have stood the test of time.
Whether novice or seasoned collector, you'll enjoy the rich histories of American and European manufacturers past and present. Original newspaper and magazine advertisements complement more than 1,200 photographs of collectible wristwatches, while brief descriptions include values recently commanded at auction.
In addition, you'll find:A glossary of watch terminology commonly used among collectorsTutorials for identifying wristwatchesFactors to consider when determining a wristwatch's value
At last, a guide you can really carry along to coin shops and shows, containing hundreds of color photographs to make on-the-spot appraisals easy.
This comprehensive collecting resource features:Over 500 color photos and thousands of current values of world coins from 1901-2000Coins of the Americas, Canadian, European, African, Asian, and Pacific coinsWorld coin market reports, advice on beginning a collection, mintmarks, counterfeits, grading, errors, handling and storage
Filled with fascinating history and an easy-to-use, full-color catalog of issues, the twelfth edition of Confederate States Paper Money will delight and inform every Confederate note collector, from novice to expert. It features: Full-color images of all major Confederate States currency from the Civil War through Reconstruction. Authoritative pricing in up to six grades for Confederate state issues. Complete coverage of Upham and other facsimile notes, as well as bogus notes, enigmatical issues, advertising notes, uncut sheets and errors. Featuring the work of text of legendary numismatist Arlie Slabaugh and pricing by William Bradimore, no paper money enthusiast's library is complete without Confederate States Paper Money, 12th edition.
A variation between two similar cars, whether it's a different color enamel, a different wheel, interior, base, or window can mean the difference between a car worth $1 and one worth $100.
Covering 1989-2008, Hot Wheels Variations - The Ultimate Guide, 4th Edition is the largest and most comprehensive identification and price guide to variations with more than 5,500 cars listed.
Collector-friendly features include:Cars listed chronologically in release order from 1989-2002 and numerically from 2003-20083,100 identification photos arranged in numerical order, making it easy to identify vehicles whether loose or in a packHandy checklist making it easy for you to keep track of your growing collectionDon't guess - know for sure! With Hot Wheels Variations - The Ultimate Guide, learn to spot the important differences and add value to your personal collection.
Let the search begin!
For the collector, for the hobbyist, for the amateur gunsmith, Antique Firearms Assembly/Disassembly is an invaluable reference tool. Written in plain English and profusely illustrated, Antique Firearms Assembly/Disassembly provides detailed procedures for taking down and reassembling a tremendous variety of original and replica handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Whether you're simply cleaning a Colt 1836 Paterson replica revolver or replacing the entire bolt assembly on a Marlin 1895 lever action, Antique Firearms Assembly/Disassembly will help you avoid common mistakes, expensive pitfalls, and unnecessary headaches. It's a must-have addition to any gun owner's library! Covers 65 models of antique and vintage handguns, rifles, and shotguns: Colt, S&W, Merwin-Hulbert, Remington, Winchester, Ruger, and many more Contains exploded views and 1000+ detailed, step-by-step photographs to guide you through the entire process Includes a complete directory of gunsmithing resources to help you find tools and parts
Whether you're a dumpster diver, estate sale addict, or modern archaeologist, this easy-to-use and informative guide to picking is guaranteed to improve your antiquing skills. The Picker's Bible provides great tips on where and how to find antiques for the best price. A fun and quick read, the book explains the ins and outs of negotiating price, things to avoid, secrets to success, and how to do it all better than the other guy. There is hidden treasure out there . . . The Picker's Bible will help you find it!
More than 700 photographs of clocks include detailed descriptions and current market values. The clocks are presented in an easy-to-follow format organized by clock type. Also included is information about the major clock manufacturers, and overview of clock types and a brief history of clock making.
Arranged by clock type, the Encyclopedia of Antique American Clocks includes: Grandfather clocks Wall clocks Classic clocks Shelf clocks Novelty clocks Special chapters on: Clock types History of clock making Clocks from smaller clock makers Leading clock makers Glossary Bibliography Photo index
Divided into four sections - signs, containers, novelties and toys, and paper collectibles - collectors will find everything from early Pepsi trays to cardboard signs, and matchbooks to toys. The Encyclopedia of Pepsi-Cola Collectibles features 2,000 individual items with current values, accurate descriptions, rarity ratings, and full-color photographs, and also presents a fascinating historical perspective of the Pepsi-Cola Company, including the evolution of their famous logo.
At last, a guide you can really carry along to flea markets and garage sales, containing hundreds of illustrations and photos to make on-the-spot appraisals easy. 725 photos and listings The hottest Hot Wheels car colors Breakdown: each year's best castings Most collectible Hot Wheels cars