March 28, 2007

O'Keefe's Stone Ginger Beer

 O'Keefe's Stone Ginger Beer Bottle Caps.

Eugene O'Keefe, founder of O'Keefe Brewing Company grew up in Toronto Ontario. His family settled there from Ireland in 1832. In 1862 he founded O'Keefe and Company, the first company the first to produce lager beer in Canada along with the traditional ale and porter.

Eugene O'Keefe was one of the first brewers to use motor trucks for beer delivery, the first to build a mechanically refrigerated store-house for beer and one of the first to advertise extensively. He died in 1913 and O'Keefe Limited took over the brewery. In 1916 O'Keefe began making stone ginger beer in response to Prohibition. The bottles and caps are very collectible.
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March 23, 2007

Victorian Double Match Holder

 Victorian Match Holder - double. One side would hold unused matches, the other side for used. Probably used for lighting candles and oil lamps, as anyone lighting a woodstove or fire would have thrown the used match into the flames. (Private Collection)
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March 22, 2007

Antique Victorian Jewellry Boxes

Antique Hunter Blog personal collection of antique Victorian Jewellry Boxes
Antique Hunter Blog personal collection of antique Victorian Jewellry Boxes
My personal collection of antique Victorian Jewellery boxes. Some are souvenir boxes. These usually have bevelled clear glass and a coloured satin pad inside. The box at rear of photo is not a Victorian Jewellery Box, it is a milk-glass box from the 1920s
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March 20, 2007

Red Turkey Coffee Tin

 Rare Red Turkey Coffee Tin. Tins are very popular with collectors. You can collect all kinds - coffee, tea, tobacco, medicine.... I collect Coffee Tins and Medicine Tins, and I have a few other miscellaneous tins that appeal to me for one reason or another. I have a rule of thumb "If you have 3 of an item, it's a collection" This coffee tin is hard to find, and in this good condition is worth about $250.00
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March 19, 2007

Green Depression Glass Mixing Bowls

 This is a set of green Depression Glass mixing bowls. They weren't found as a set, I've been collecting them as I find them in antique stores or flea markets or auctions. I've managed to find four of different graduated sizes, all the same shade of green with the same ribbing.

Depression Glass was manufactured in the 1930s. You can find Depression Glass bowls, dinner plates, candlestick holders, glasses, teacups, sugar bowls, sherbet dishes, water pitchers and more. The most common colours are green, clear, and pink. Depression Glass also comes in yellow and blue. There are different shades of green, one is sort of lime, the other the green you see in this photo. There are many different patterns too. Depression glass is eagerly sought after by collectors and can be quite expensive
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March 18, 2007

Pegwell Bay Pot Lid

Pot LIds were an early form of marketing and packaging - they are pictures printed on pottery covers and placed on pots of products. They were produced in colour by the 1830s. This pot lid is one of the Pegwell Bay series. It is called Hauling in the Trawl. It's a common lid copied from a drawing in London Illustrated News on 6 March 1847. It was produced for Crosse and Blackwell by the Pratt factory. It is worth approximately $100.00
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March 17, 2007

Watsons Cough Drops Tin

 This is an antique Watsons Cough Drops Tin in very good condition. It's quite large with good graphics. It's part of a private collection of Medicine and Medicinal Tins.
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March 15, 2007

Gurneys Antique Scale Ontario

Gurney Antique 16 lb. Scale with porcelain tray. Labelled Gurneys and Ware, Hamilton Ontario. Balance scale, uses counterweights. Red paint with gold, good condition. Gurneys logo painted on metal. Circa 1902-1910

Canadian Scale Makers, (ie: Gurney & Ware, Gurney, C. Wilson, Osborne, Fairbanks, Wm. & J. G. Greey, Burrow Stewart & Milne, Hamilton Scale Company, New Warren Scale Co., Renfrew Scale Co., for example), had to have their products verified prior to sale to merchants.

The stamped verification sequence allows collectors to more accurately date scales and weights. For eg you might see a (crown) with ER over Q, T.18

(crown)ER Edward VII reigns 1902 – 1910

T Toronto

Month Indication Number 18 Month (of a 2 year span) of original verification

Series Letter Q Identifies a 2 year period. 1906 - 1907

Kemp Manufacturing 1867-1911

Some sources Canadian Weights and Measures

We also have in our personal collection scales with the mark

(crown)VR Queen Victoria reign 1837-1901

The 1851 Directory of Ontario shows the following listing under FOUNDRIES AND MACHINISTS

GURNEY & CARPENTER, ironfounders and manufacturers of
threshing machines, castings, machinery, hollow,
copper and tinware, pipe boxes, potash kettles, &c., John st.

March 12, 2007