The hunt for rare antique bottles is on again on the Sunday 9th February at the Springdale Neighbourhood House from 10am to 3.00 pm at High St Drysdale This annual free bottle appraisal day is held a week before the Festival of Glass EXPO at Drysdale and is conducted by the Bellarine Historical Society in conjunction with the Festival of Glass and ABCR Auctions
Experienced and highly regarded collector Paul Bruce will conduct the appraisals assisted online by his son David from ABCR Auctions
Previous days in the past two years have attracted 70 -80 participants with some real treasures being unearthed, a few of which were consigned to auction with excellent results
Two such bottles were a Les Bray St Arnaud Ginger beer from the 1900-1918 period which had an estimate of $200- $250 and sold for $650 which was a record price for this bottle
The second bottle was from Magdalene College at Oxford University and was a handblown wine bottle with a glass seal dated from 1740 the local owner purchased it at a market in London many years ago for $50
It had an estimate of $400 -$500 but sold for $980 again a record price for the bottle
It is expected that as in the past-the appraisers will see some Geelong or Queenscliff branded bottles or even the hard to get Clifton Springs or Portarlington bottles Photos show some seen in the past.
You can book a time between 10am and 3pm by emailing Paul Bruce at firstname.lastname@example.org