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West Michigan on the Lake-Shore

I'm a young adult writer and collector from Michigan. My main collecting interests are pre-WW1 labeled bottles, porcelain, postcards, and empherma.


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"Roman unguentarium. First Century C.E." - Bottlesin Bottles
Ansonia Case Clock with Peacock  - Clocksin Clocks
C. 1st Century B.C.E. or C.E. Bottle - Bottlesin Bottles
C. 4th Century C.E. Bottle - Bottlesin Bottles
C. 2nd Century C.E. Bottle - Bottlesin Bottles
Vintage Chase-brand Buggy/Car Blanket with Bear - Rugs and Textilesin Rugs and Textiles
Antique "Doctor's Bag" - Bagsin Bags
French Wash Basin? - Victorian Erain Victorian Era
War Bonds Poster?? - Posters and Printsin Posters and Prints
Secret Note in Nippon Set! - Asianin Asian


  1. 1980s-1990s. Not antique. The black ink above the embossing from the factory stamp for product quality control may also contain a date.
  2. Ugh, they shot down father Christmas's sleigh!
  3. Commemorating 121 years since the inception of the Spanish-American War today.
  4. Today commemorates 121 years.
  5. Well, the stamp says, Made in China, so.... I'd think it 1970s-1980s.
  6. There could be an advertisement on the back of the fan.
  7. I've never had a problem with these. They seem to be entirely safe. It's just a cord leading to a porcelain socket with an element in it. The only danger is the dust and grime on it!
  8. It is machine-made, putting it after 1900. Looks like a type of stem vase, probably made after 1970.
  9. Could it be a D in square, for Square D electronics? It does look like the 1930s, maybe early side.
  10. Hello, Anna. I have been unsuccessful in verifying this faustina art gallery person as having a physical location, and I have been unsuccessful in getting him to provide me any details on his busines...
  11. Hello, Anna; yes, I bought this one only for the purposes of my experiment and have bought two more bottles under that same purpose. One is fake, and I'll post at a later date, and the other has not y...
  12. I see Canada in there, too! Diamond!
  13. I gutted a pair of 1920s head-phones I had and updated them with modern sound. I used them for quite a while till the jack broke. Need to replace that now.
  14. Opening line says one-thousand eight hundred and three. 1803.
  15. Welp, I fixed it up to good structural integrity, moisturized the heck outta the leather to make it supple again, and am gonna use it as a carry-on for my 9-day trip to Washington state where I'm prob...
  16. Would you believe that no one has figured that out in the local collector group, keramikos? We all thought it was simply a spelling error. I never even tried looking it up as a quote!
  17. I couldn't be anymore thrilled with a similar Paki knife I have. I lost it for one year. In that one year, I broke 2 American and 1 Chinese knives at the tang. The Paki knife I lost and refound? Pry, ...
  18. Huh? What do you mean?
  19. I found it surprising as well when I was digging up SCA glass 5 feet down. Even bottles sitting in dark attics or at the bottom of shallow lakes have it happen at times. The UVC of the sun often penet...
  20. Sadly, no, the main association of American bottle collectors decided against a official colour guide due to the differences in pigments of ink on the pages and lighting. They can be had, but they all...
  21. Nice "whittle" and colour. It has the graduations, though? How very odd. It looks either pre-1890s or non-American, neither of which usually have graduated markings.
  22. Correct. Natural radiation doesn't leave them so dark. If it was dug up like this, and not put through a hospital-grade steriliser, then it was likely the other chemical additions of the glass itself....
  23. This one looks like "honey yellow".
  24. It would have started out as clear, but the manganese in the glass reacts under the sun's UV-- even 5 feet under ground in some areas, as UV penetrates the soil-- and causes it to turn pink/lavender o...
  25. Is it heavily irradiated?
  26. I see no reason to believe them not 1840s. Boards are right. Paper's right (using a cotton-blend). Printing and engraving looks right. Spines may(?) have been redone professionally but look fine too.
  27. Oh, also, the sand seems to be glued on.
  28. This letter is now 100 years old.
  29. Update. It ceased to exist at about 12:50 AM on 12/23/18. Kitty decided to knock it off the counter.
  30. Well, it began as transferware, with metallic salts added to bleed the ink. Just to clarify.... 1840s-1850s?
  31. Ah, thank you for the updates. Happy holidays to you all as well, and a very joyful new year, too.
  32. LOL, this type of rock cannot hold fossils. This was formed underground far from life.
  33. The top doesn't look like a WW1 bottle. A clear picture of the top and base of the glass itself would reveal more.
  34. The mechanism is very similar to an early 20th century German alarm clock I have.
  35. Might it hold matches and tinder?
  36. Thanks for stopping by to help!
  37. I only went forward with it to gain more info on the bottle, because originally I wasn't sure what to make of it: the who, what, when, where side of things. One of our fellow collectors told me on ano...
  38. Advertising is rarely true. Look at food-commercials: shellacked bread. beefed up sandwiches, and drinks with alka-seltzers in them! At the store for which I work, they broadcast, "11% off everythin...
  39. That's definitely a unique door-stop! One lady I used to know used pottery as a door-stop. I'm sure she has lost many pieces-- Or, rather, gained many more!
  40. Mrstyndall, thank you. Bruce99, thank you for taking the time to look this up! Lauren Redmond, I do love carriage clocks: especially the musical ones!
  41. Blunderbuss, thank you; and, yes, they should have fixed what was broken rather than break more on here. Another user had a positive, though I question it, experience with them. I was hoping to have t...
  42. Antique Rose, thank you. It's my latest collectible. Dropping other collections for now. Blunderbuss, no, I use an 1880s and 1900s brick for that. lol. Thanks.
  43. I would disagree. They WERE meant to be saved. 1905-1920 was a golden age for postals, and people would have "postcard showers", as one of mine talks about, and keep several books of them to look thro...
  44. They all look to date to the first twenty years of the 1900s, though the far right Brazilian Oil may be the oldest and could date from the 1890s based on general characteristics.
  45. "Love token."
  46. Looks like an ice skater's lantern?
  47. Language suggests it is WW2.
  48. The door looks like the door on my circa. 1895 New Haven "Dandy Line". Case is very different, though.
  49. Yes, mortars and pestle and some sort of tray, possibly for the crushed herbs. Typically these small ones were for crushing pills into powder but can also be used for small batches of other things. ...
  50. Thank you. 1920s Italian boater hat.
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