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Collecting old bottles is still a relatively young hobby in New Zealand, though interest continues to grow. It is perhaps particularly suited to a country whose relatively short history has denied us the exotic archaeological material of other lands. Yet what they lack in antiquity (most were made between 1875 and 1925) our hand-made bottles more than make up for in character, charm and interest. Hamilton 'torpedoes', Codd ‘marbles', transfer-printed ginger beer 'stoneys', the exquisite embossed patent medicine bottles - all are 'signposts' to our fascinating past.

Old New Zealand Bottles and Bygones is the definitive guide to old bottle collecting in New Zealand. It gives evocative accounts of the history and development of many kinds of bottle - as well as other colonial collectables, such as clay pipes and pin insulators – and places each in its cultural context. Written with infectious enthusiasm, this book is no dry catalogue - it ‘brings the bottles to life', tells of the people, places and events behind them and how each influenced the other. [t will therefore appeal not only to collectors but to anyone interested in New Zealand history.

Large soft covered book, feels unread. Published in 1989, 138 pages. Illustrated with b&w photographs and diagrams

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  • Seller location: Christchurch City, Canterbury, NZ

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