It’s been a 50/50 Summer Weather wise, haven’t got to nearly as many bootsales as I could’ve., even so I’ve added quite a few really good items to my ever growing collection beyond the Auctions that happened at the start of July.
1st up is this charming little half Gallon flagon from Patrick Murphy Ballymena, I collect this name in particular because they had a depot not more than a mile from my home.
What a line up, Hey? Not all got in the one go mind you but don’t they look good. The Black Watt print is harder to come by than the blue print ones, normally it’s the other way about with bottles, the blue print being a more expensive option but A.A Watt at the time where the worlds biggest supplier of whiskey so money was not an issue.
The Thwaites and the Guinness Double Stout where both had at the same table at a random one off bootsale at an Equestrian Centre and where had for a very reasonable price. So perhaps there is merit in seeking out these slightly more upmarket venues.
The broken bottle and cream pot where had off a digger driver after a response to an advert on local Facebook pages. So it pays to hunt on all platforms.
A rather unflattering photograph but in person this bottle is a fine specimen. This and the Thwaites are destined as a swap at the next club meeting as I dont really collect outside of Ulster, for no other reason than financial.
The one on the left is the subject of this paragraph, bought in a private sale only a few days ago, pictured with it’s less decorative counterpart. A much sought after bottle due to the fanciness of the print.
Left: A York Glass Co Pharmacy bottle, YGco where known for their well finished and strong glass. Orininally would of had a label that would of fitted that recess perfectly but in a rather anti-victorian way this was reused. Troch Bish? I hear you ask, pharmacy short hand for Throat Lozengers made with Bi-Sulphate, Troch being derived from Trochisus. There is a whole lexicon of Pharmacy shorthand it’s an interesting read.
Right: A couple of consumer labelled Pharmacy items. A little Olive oil from Joe Martin Pharmasist Roe Street Belfast, the label is barely hanging on. A green poison from L.H. Breadon, Main Street Portstewart.
N. Carolan & Co Dundalk 6oz Codd Bottle. A keeper for sure, of all the bottles in my collection I only have 3 small codds. They weren’t as popuar as the 10oz size so fewer where produced. Highly sought after by collectors and can command a high price (usually £50+). I however got this for a tenner.
Not a tobaccoiana collector what so ever but the Art nouveau look of these items is very appealing, perhaps a new line of collecting?
The tiniest of cream pots that i’ve ever seen, Enfield is a Belfast Company. I’d assume this would have been used in a Tearoom as a single serve, I can’t see it being sold too the general public.
HOC Exelene Lubricating Oil. A real old design to this one, again another art nouveau design and again not a petroliana collector but this was free and so it came home with me. A quick google tells me the Humber Oil Company started n 1919, so I’d assume this to be one of their 1st products.
Septemeber is the last push for the bootsellers to get rid of stock before the big xmas rush so there are and will be more bargains to be had. WATCH THIS SPACE!