Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Monday, 28 April 2008

Beachcombing find

Taking advantage of a nice spring day I did a bit of scouting in Margate Harbour and found a broken mineral water bottle circa 1900. Embossed with the flamboyant name H. Arliss Robinson & Co Sutton Surrey. Not really worth anything but certainly a first class beachcombing exhibit with a story to tell.

Nayland Rock gatehouse 1870

A picture of the gatehouse and entrance to the private Royal Crescent Estate 1870. The Nayland Rock hotel is easily indentifiable and has changed very little with the exception of a conservatory built over the entrance porch. The gatehouse was removed in order to widen the narrow Canterbury Road.

Crawford & Co Margate 1898

A 1898 picture of Crawford & Co supplier of wine and spirits. The building on the Parade later became the Parade cinema in 1911. Crawford & Co were also the local agents of Shrimp Brand Beer from Russell's Gravesend Brewery which arrived at Margate Harbour by barge. Crawford's bottles are highly collectable by Kent Beer bottle collectors and usual fall in the £10 to £25 bracket. The one pictured is in the £20 bracket.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Thanet bottles

I have spent the best part of the week selling off 400+ old bottles, the vast majority over 100 years old and local. This one pictured is from Broadstairs and is a rarity. It is embossed BROADSTAIRS D.M.W.S Co which means direct mineral water supply company , so what you may think. But there are no records of such a company existing.
Bottle collecting is really big business and a lot of money changes hands for just one bottle. A bottle embossed XL is a tenner straight away.If you are in possesion of a Cobb Margate beer bottle with a invicta horse embossed on the front you could be talking between £20 to£50. If you have a granville hotel bottle with a rounded bottom and it is a coloured glass you could be talking hundreds, if you have a CODD bottle, that is one with a marble and it is dark green, black, dark blue or amber you could be talking of £500 + (see ebay) a clear one is generally worth between £2 to £5. Chemist bottles are highly collectable especially a coloured poison bottle with a cork top. Local chemist bottles with the name of the chemist embossed in good conditon can fetch between £5 and £10.

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

A bit of Thanet bottle

My latest on my something to do list is sorting out about 800 bottles most originating from a dig in Thanet and the remainder from a private collection also dug up in Thanet. Pictured are some of the Ramsgate bottles from Thompson & Wotton, Ozonic and Philpotts. From Margate I have about 60 bottles from MJ Harlow,Barretts and Reeeves . All are dated from the 1890's to early 1920's.The rarest bottle is one of the Ginger Beers by the XL mineral water supply association, which was based at a small works in the Granville Yard,Station Road, Westgate from 1907 to 1916. The are no records of any own brand bottles from the association. Also pictured is the XL ginger beer which by all accounts is a rarity.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

The Kings Shilling

The Kings Shilling, one of my more interesting finds. During the Napoleonic wars, and you just happen be drinking in a seafront tavern at Margate and you found this silver coin in the bottom of your tankard it meant a career in the Royal Navy. I sometimes think the Tories select their councillors in the same manner. Find a pound in your pint in the Tory club and thats it mate your standing for council.

Ship aground at Margate

This event happened on the 28th April 1919, the steam coaster "Dunvegan", blown ashore onto the stone groyne at Fort Point, Margate in heavy weather. The "Dunvegan" was wedged in the gap in the groyne long enough, giving the artist of this postcard enough time to paint it. After a few attempts similar to a Ealing comedy the "Dunvegan" was patched up and refloated and was soon to re-enter trade after permanant repairs.

Naked in Thanet

One of my favourite postcards and it is a nudie one, published by Bamforth and the artwork looks like Arnold Taylor's work. Not sure of the date of publication but I reckon early 1960's judging by the colours used.
I purchased this card from the flower shop at the top of Margate High Street from "Mr Postcard" himself Fred Houghton. If you ever fancy a really interesting conversation he is your boy, especialy his account of the runs in with the authorities in the 1950's over comic postcards and the tricks he got up to. Great stuff.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008

The "Tailwaggers club"

The sand around the base of the rendevous carpark Margate is alive with history. One of many finds I found in that area is a Tail Waggers dog collar medallion post 1928. I was not sure if this organisation is a doggie version of the Freemason's or a doggie Trade Union. A quick look on the Tailwaggers Club trust website has the following information. The club was formed in 1928 and in a year had over 200,000 members, this tag was lost by member 257442 and the identity is unknown. With such a strong membership the club was able to donate £20,000 to the Royal Veternary College at the time.
In 1930, the club gave finacial support to the newly formed guide dogs for the blind. By the mid nineties thirties the membership was over 1 million including the royal hounds. The second world war really buggered things up and the club ran on a reduced scale. In 1960 Spillars took over the club, and the club received many legacies. In 1972 a registered charitable club was formed to administered the funds and the club became known as the "The Tailwaggers trust".