I have not been doing any metal detecting for a few days, as I have had the bottle dump fever! I have been out bush looking for old bottles and jars, and I have found some beautiful bottles and jars to add to my growing collection.
I have not found anything too valuable in recent days, a few milk bottles worth $70 – $100 each would be the most valuable I have found in the last couple of days. My favourite bottles to find are old beer bottles which are embossed, such as Pickaxe, Perth Glass Works, Swan Brewery, B.E.CO LTD, Fremantle Bottle Exchange, and much more.
I have a really nice collection of beer bottles, and I am always on the hunt to buy bottles that tickle my fancy, so if you have any beer bottles, crown seals, and even soft drink bottles, please send me an email with photos of what you want to sell.
I have over a thousand bottles and jars in my collection, I don’t have anything too valuable in my collection, maybe the most valuable one is only worth a couple hundred dollars, but its not about value, its about what they look like, with the beautiful embossings, the air bubbles, and the way they were made.
I found out a great tip today browsing a bottle collectors website, and that is when searching bottle dumps, use a bottle probe.
So I will be going back to the local old rubbish dump in the next few days to do some probing … it sure beats digging holes and hoping for the best!
Anyhow over the last two days I have been pre cleaning my bottles and jars, using bottle brushes to clean out all the dirt from the inside of them bottles and jars.
I am not even a quarter of the way through cleaning them, so it is going to be a very long process. But it is a nice relaxing way to spend a couple of days in the sunny warm weather.
It is a very time consuming process cleaning bottles, I even bought myself a Bottle Tumbler from Jar Doctor in the USA, and if you live in Australia and want one of his excellent machines, be prepared to pay quite a bit of money, it is worth it…. but unfortunately it costs a fortune just to get the machine into Australia via customs. You have to pay customs fees, custom brokers, shipping fees and other fees.
Just to buy the bottle cleaning machine cost me $2800 USD, and then another $1500 AUD for all the fees for customs, shipping ect.
But while the Australian Dollar is strong against the US Currency, get one now!
The bottle tumbler is a great machine, but I have found that it really boosts the electricity bill, because just to clean one bottle on average, will need to be tumbled continuously for 3 days. And when you have one thousand bottles to clean, well thats a few years of cleaning bottles!
But I only clean the bottles which I want to put on display.
A good tip to make a old bottle look in Mint Condition is to get some baby oil, put a tea spoon or so in the bottle, and rotate the bottle in a horizontal motion, and that will bring the bottle up like brand new… but it is a temporary thing. But will make your bottle look brand new.
Two days ago I found this great bottle dump with thousands of bottles spread out over approximately a one acre area.
I was quite lucky to have found it, because I walked around 3 kilomtres from the road, and I was just about to turn back, when I spotted some rusty old drums a couple hundred metres away from where I was, so I walked a bit further and then all of a sudden I saw that beautiful sparkle of glass! Every bottle hunters dream, sparkling glass in the bush means old bottles!
When I saw how many I just did not know where to start. But got to the task of looking for bottles which I have not got in my collection so far, and also finding bottles which are worth a bit of money.
And I have around 100 or so bottles and jars which I do not have, so I was really happy about that.
When bottle hunting I usually only look for Bottles and Jars that have Logos or Words stamped onto the glass, some bottles and jars which don’t have any markings are not really worth collecting or investing in, unless of course they are very rare.
So over the last two days, I have made two exhausting trips back and forwards to this old bottle dump, when I say exhausting, it really is, because I put in the bottles in my old Navy canvas bag and put the bag over my shoulders and walk back to my car. As I said previously, the trip back to my car is around 3 kilometres and the bag would be full of bottles, and would weigh around 40 kilograms, so I it was great to get the weight off my shoulders on arrival.
So now I have got another 200 bottles that I need to photograph and categorise. I am getting a new little shed soon, built especially for my Old Bottle and Jar Collection and I am also getting a Bottle Tumbler from the Jar Doctor in the very near future, to clean all my bottles and jars, so they are like brand new again.
The bottles which I am particularly interested in are old beer bottles, softdrink and soda bottles, sauce bottles, wine bottles and poison bottles, but anything that catches my eye and something I don’t have will be added to my collection.
I am new to this bottle hunting experience, I don’t have nothing really old, probably the oldest would date back to 1890.
I am a member of Bottle Guide, and I really love coming home to check out the current values of the bottles I have just found, it’s always nice to find a bottle which is rare and worth money.
Besides Metal Detecting I am also a avid collector of Old Bottles and Jars, I do not have a huge collection. Currently I have around 500 Bottles and Jars. I have only been collecting these for the past year and it is like an addiction already.
I just wish I could afford a Bottle Tumbler but at the moment the price of around $2000 is out of my reach, however when I do get the moment I am definitely going to get one, so that I can clean up my bottles and jars so they look new again.
My favourite bottles to find are old beer bottles and old softdrink bottles.
When I find the time I photograph each bottle and put them on my Bottle Gallery
I was talking to an old friend yesterday, he is a farmer and said that he has alot of old bottle dumps on his farm, and said I am more than welcome to go out to his property to rummage amongst the old bottle dumbs … so I am pretty happy about that.
In Australia, just like anywhere else in the world, farmers, settlers, roadside workers would likely take all of their rubbish to an isolated area and either bury it or in most cases burn it if the weather permitted.
When I am driving on isolated roads and even on country and rural highways, I always keep my eyes peeled for potential farm dumping grounds. These are very easy to see if you know what you are looking for. I know of quite a few areas where there are bottles, but just need the time and permission to do a search.
When looking for bottles either driving on the road or walking through the bush, these are the things I look for as follows:
- Old Car Wrecks
- Old rusted cans laying around
- Unusual clumps of grass
- Unusual mounds of soil
- Charcoal pieces on soil
- Glass sparkling in the distance or in front of you
- Old unused gravel roads or tracks
And thats just an example, basically it is just common sense, but a good Bottle Hunting tip which I always remember is “Don’t look at the bush, look through the bush”
That saying is something I was once told when I was a Soldier in the Australian Army, not to do with bottle hunting, but to do with hunting the enemy, you need to look through the bush to find the enemy.
It is amazing how true this saying is, when you train your eye, you will be amazed what you may see laying under a bush, an old bottle could have been laying there for a hundred years or more.
The photo above is of a tiny “Beer Bottle” I am not really sure if it is a beer bottle or a spirits bottle… if someone visiting this blog can help identify what the bottle was used for it would be greatly appreciated! It is around 17cm high as you can see by the ruler next to the bottle.
I have never seen such a bottle like this one before … I actually found around 10 of them by the side of a gravel road… hoping someone can help me identify what the contents of the bottle may have been.
Anyhow here are a few of some of my favourite old bottles which I found yesterday.
Well, over the last week I have been busy tumbling glass with my Lortone Tumbler which I use to clean coins, jewellery, gold and silver rings.
I am really impressed with the “Beach Sea Glass Effect” which the continuous tumbling has resulted in.
I have two tumblers, both Lortone, one is a Single Barrel Tumbler and the other is a Twin Barrel tumbler, I bought the single one off ebay and the double barrel from Aussie Sapphires and the Grit I am using for the beach glass effect is Silicone Carbide Course Grind
Here is the results from a weeks continuous tumbling.