Usually come Septemeber things slow down on the collecting side of things as boot fairs finish for the season and auctions slowly turn into glorified xmas stores. However I have managed to add some very significant peices, well significant to me anyhow.
Five new Derry Stouts, two with great appeal to me for obvious reasons. The John Kerr is a buy back, one in which I traded last year and regretted, the City Bottling Co is one I dug from a victorian tip a few days ago. I hadn’t dug a full stoneware bottle in ages and its always nice to add to the collection without forking out cash.
This is my first lid and comes to me by way of a trade. It’s tiny and known as a button lid, it measures about 2.5cm across and I will probably never find a base to fit due to the size. The pictorial is of the city crest, Thomas Watson was a Wig Maker and Perfumer on Shipquay street, no difinitive dates but he is listed 1880/84/90.
They look fantastic, very pleased with them. The small wooden object is a wax seal stamp from William McCool Derry, a great go with for the McCool collection.
A local Limavady man, Nelson McGonigle has published a new book entitled “Limavady and the Roe Valley Memories” containing old photographs of the people and places of bygone Limavady. There is also a small display at the Civic centre in town, so if you happen to be passing through its on til early January and its free.
I was surprised to find a few bottles on display and ones I’d never seen before. Couldn’t help it and had to snap them.
I was sure that Limavady didn’t have named Chemist bottles, happy to be proven wrong. G.W. Lawson Victoria Drug Hall Limavady & Joeseph Irwin Limavady Medical Hall.
The following is all the stuff I couldn’t take home with me from the auction houses. 😦 or bits I seen while out and about.
How good does that look, one of a very few of these still about. Seen this in one of the bars along Waterloo Street in the city. Not only was there a Canadian House in the city there was also an American Bar and they had a bottle too, both are highly sought after.