18-07-2006 Update 41
A new section has been added, Flagons and Jars. The new forum is being tested and will be online soon. A question many people have asked about the Bols Ballerina on the previous forum has been answered. Sections that have updated are Rarity, Glass General, Brands, Links, Inks and Pickles and Chutney. We are trying something new in the Digging section under dumps, please e-mail us you r opinion
13-02-2006 Update 40
An article Kronessents and Sequah in Quacks and Patents, 3 new Inks, and a complete make-over and update of the Information page. Doesn't sound like a lot of work but please check it out. We have also introduced a new section Pickles & Chutney.
27-11-2005 Update 39
Pressure of work has dictated that we have not done an update for 2 months but this one is a HUGE one!
5 new perfume bottles, a new potlid, some case gins and stacks of new Brands. A couple of cures, 4 Odds& Sods and a whole new section with 6 new items... Match Strikers & Ashtrays. All this together with the usual spelling corrections and general spit & polish. ENJOY!!!
04-08-2005 Update 38
Another 7 Brands in the new section bringing the total to 16. Only launched last month and already our most visited page... This has prompted an extension i.e. old brands... check it out!
Fixed a broken link to the printed pots and updated the Sauces section. The forums has been removed temporarily due to stability problems. We are currently working on a new forum which will be more interactive and give the browser more functionality. Keep checking the updates to see when this new forum is brought online.
03-07-2005 Update 37
Another dozen stunning perfumes, 2 new cures including an ultra-rare early Bristish bottle dug in Kimberley, a number of new inks (will it ever stop?), an interesting addition to the S.A. Chemists and in celebration of our upcoming 3rd birthday a new section... BRANDS.
30-04-2005 Update 36
5 new perfume bottles, some new inks, a long overdue update of the Digging section and a whole stack of corrections and minor touch-ups.
31-03-2005 Update 35 (our largest...ever)
As promised the updates are running smoothly again and Brett has been working hard to improve the overall effectiveness and general workings of the website. The Inks section has been given a face lift and several new bottles added. The Printed Pots and Odds and Sods have also had some new additions. Look out for our new collectors and contacts. 3 New unrecorded Ginger Beers have been added and we launch a new section, Perfume. As always we need your input. If you gave any suggestions or find a problem within the website, no matter how small, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11-03-2005 Update 34
Coming soon, we will include 4 new collectors and collections from Kimberley and Upington as we are going on a round trip of more than 1,200km to visit 4 of the pioneers of bottle digging and collecting in South Africa. The forums are after a long time, our deepest apologies, back online.
Great news... Brett Wilson, the original designer and web-master is back! Updates will be done on a monthly basis from now on and Brett's inimitable design talent will once again be visible. Several correction and changes will also be effected a.s.a.p. and update no.35 will be well worth the wait.
Thank you for to all our browsers who have still continued visiting in spite of nothing happening, you too will be impressed by all the new things we have planned.
03-10-2004 Update 33
A whole lot of new inks including kettles and cages. Three new cod patents and an interesting re-arrangement of the British Potlids section to include three new lids under Other Countries.
29-08-2004 Update 32
Inks, Inks and more Inks. The new section will be very popular! Check out the stunning Gilbertsons montage at the end of Poisons, a few new Odds & Sods and we welcome a new Holloways to the printed pots section.
25-07-2004 Update 31
The popularity of the Colourfull Codds section combined with a never-ending stream of requests from British and American Codd collectors for more information has lead to our bringing about a new section ... CODD PATENTS. We are please to welcome the doyen of South African bottle collecting Al Lastovica to the contacts section (check out what he's dug in Cape Town!). An interesting article on Tony Sibert and the never ending spelling mistake corrections. A new Meldrums Pietermaritzburg Ginger Beer find brings our unrecordeds' total to 50.
27-06-2004 Update 30
Two new American bottles, two new collections (Dale Lewis and Tony Sibert) and two new Colourfull Codds have been added to the website for your pleasure. The Stone Gins section has been revised.
25-04-2004 Update 29
After a lot of problems with the Antique Bottles.co.za servers which included the forums and e-mails we are finally getting back on track and would like to again apologise to our browsers for any problems they might have experienced.
This update: A rarity guide for the South African Ginger Beer enthusiast. If used correctly this may also indicate pricing / value. 16 new bottles in the Quack & Patent medicine section. Two stunning new additions to the Glass General Section. We would like to welcome Albert van Rensburg to the Collections Section.
The forum section has moved to make way for a new exciting Selling section.
We say hello to three new Collectors in the Collections
Section, 5 new items in the Odds & Sods. A new Unrecorded Ginger Beer from Ladysmith and a whole new section... Quack & Patent
13-01-2004 Update 27
Some nice new glass bottles in the Glass General
Section, a new diggers top ten, two really stunning new Ginger Beer finds, BBR's 100'th edition and good few spelling mistake corrections
form our latest update. We would also like to welcome a new overseas
contact and a collector of Bloemfontein items in the contacts section.
18-12-2003 Update 26
Our last update for 2003 has some interesting
information under digging (a section which we have been seriously
neglecting but which is in truth the lifeblood of our hobby) as
well as a new section under glass bottles...BOOTS CASH CHEMISTS.
One or two small additions to colourfull codds, odds & sods and glass gins completes this years efforts. See you all in 2004.
02-12-2003 Update 25
A new section under glass bottles...Poisons has
been added as well as some new odds & Sods and a number of minor
updates. See how easy it is to scroll throught glass bottles / Codds.
We will be doing one more major update before
our Christmas shutdown.
22-11-2003 Update 24
A new section under glass bottles...Sauces &
Relishes will be sure to interest our U.K. visitors.
S.A. dug items will be added in due course. The
glossary has been updated with a few more definitions and so was
the miniatures section.
Christmas is fast approaching and maybe some
of you can make it to Melrose House on the 16th December for the
Antique Fair. Hope to see you there.
Sorry for the more than two week
delay but we are having a bit of a web developement problem but
within a few days we will be back on track. Look out for a host
of new additions in the Printed Pots section, some new American
bottles as well as a brand new section under Glass Bottles .. Meat
We're still going strong and so
is our hobby. It is still too sensitive an issue to tell the whole
story but please look at Ginger Beer new discoveries Premier Mineral
Water Co (No. 2a) for South Africas most politically incorrect bottle
with a spelling mistake to boot! Whilst on the subject of Ginger
Beers it is somewhat sad to see some Ultra Rare S.A. bottles fetching
mediocre prices at auction in the U.K. (No. 428 £ 20, No.
435 £ 30, No. 430 a miserable £ 40 at the March 2, 2003
BBR Auction.) One wonders, with the 10% Auctioneers commision if
it is still worthwhile sending stuff over to the U.K.
The Autumn 2003 edition of ABC is
bigger and better than ever and all South African collectors are
urged to support this relatively new venture.
This update has a number of new
items bought at the Melrose House Antique Fair mostly from Christo
van Heerden who sadly has decided to give up collecting and channel
his efforts in a different direction. We wish him well and assure
him of a good new home for some of his prized peices. It is always
sad when a collector, for what ever reason, disposes of his / her
So we are 1 year old and still growing...
our hobby seems to be expanding rapidly overseas but not much is
happening locally. We first started with only a Ginger Beer section
but have grown in leaps and bounds so that the website now includes
over 14 sections available for viewing and a full glossary and rarity
guide which are still growing. From our first month of only 200
hits to our last month of over 100 000 hits we have expanded rapidly.
We continue to add new sections and new categories for the browser
to better enjoy the website and find a category of particular interest
to them. We hope that the next year will be a properous year for
all our browsers and Good
This update will include a new section
featuring South African Collectors
and their collections, a few American
additions, Some more Printed
Pots and update of the publication
A very pleasant phone call from
Mitty Le Roux Heyns of Germiston resulted in us acquiring her collection
and a wealth of unrecorded information which will assist us immensely
in the months and years to come. Mitty is a very special lady who
spent many years working for Consol Glass and who amassed a respectable
collection of bottles, polids, dolls heads, ginger beers and more
importantly, ephemera including some extremely valuable, unique
and interesting information on Coca Cola and the Talana Glass Museum.
This update includes a number of
as well as a new interactive pop-up information system with additions
to the whisky and American
Bottles sections. Some new plates have been added to the Odds
& Sods section.
Hope to see you at Melrose House
on 24 September when we look forward to welcoming Nick Ciovica (Florida
U.S.A.) back for another visit and Waide Kidwell from Durban to
Look out for the next edition (Issue
18) of the ABC when Russ Smith will feature some more of our South
African Codd Gems!
New updates on, Odds
& Sods, Glossary, Unlisted Ginger
Beers and General
We have also made the Colourful
Codds easier to navigate by putting them in strict alphabetical
order. There are now 72 listed Colourful Codds and you will notice
a quick return method at the foot of each page.
South African collectors are reminded
that the next major bottle event is Melrose House Antique Fair on
Heritage Day (September 24 2003).
New updates, Whiskys,
Stone Gins, American
Wares and some minor updates have been made to the website including
new magazine releases, Rarity
Guide and New Marble Differentiations for the
We would like to welcome a new contact,
to the website, thank you for your support.
New updates, Odds
& Sods, Rarity guide - new stunning
cobalt bottles and Printed
pots now include Cheese and Cream pots.
The third build of Antique Bottles Website will
be ready soon so keep an eye out for the new improved website including
a search engine, direct category menus and the new VIP Section.
We are working on a new forum which will include
picture submissions to make identification of your bottles easier.
Antique Bottles has undergone quite a few changes
from our last update, we have added an information
section with books and magazines that can be an asset to a digger
/ collector starting out or more information needed on a particular
subject. A new printed
pots section has been added with the famous "Boobs Out"
Holloways printed pot.
The following sections have been updated with
new pictures and information; Ginger
Beer, Rarity Guide, Contacts,
Odds & Sods and
do have a look at a very spectacular lampshade in the Case
Codd section is now the largest section on the website boasting
over 60 Colourful Codds and growing with every update.
In forthcoming updates we will be adding a V.I.P.
section which will only be accessable to browsers who have registered
as a contact with Antique Bottles. This new section will have a
V.I.P forum, contact details not available to the rest of the website
and many more exciting features, register today to gain full access
to this part of the website.
We want your input, do you, the browser want
to be able to place pictures on the forum so that other people may
view and help you with your enquiries. please e-mail your response
After a well appreciated holiday we are back
to business. The forum has undergone a fine tune and a few new sections
have been added due to popular demand. New sections added Gins,
Coloured Codds and
Odds & Sodds. Look
out for some new potlids in the South African Potlids section.
There a new links in the contacts section and
new contacts available. The South
African Collectors Directory has been updated, so please go
see new entries.
People have been having difficulty in registering
to be a contact, so as a result we will be totally reconstructing
the register process to a more user friendly interface, if you have
been trying to register with Antique Bottles but have been having
trouble, keep an eye open on this section.
We hope all our browsers enjoyed their Holidays
and "Good Digging for the next year"
We have experienced and overcome a major problem with recieving
e-mail. If you have sent us an e-mail that remains unanswered please
re-submit. We have not been ignoring you!
section under categories / porcelain will please a number of
people who have been requesting it and will provide an interesting
overseas link. There are several new contacts
and links in the contacts section. A new sub-section in the Ginger
Beer page lists all known S.A. collectors
past and present. A section on case gins will be completed and uploaded
within the next week.
We are receiving a number of exciting and complimentary
e-mails from overseas magazines and are investigating reciprocal
links with them.
We would like to wish all our browsers a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year. Good digging in 2003.
We have added a Miniatures, SA Chemists Bottles
and General Glass Bottles section in categories.
We are taking a breather until January to review
and update current sections of the website, to make it more user
friendly, please drop us a line in the forum on how we can update,
or make better current sections of the website.
Updated the glossary with ten new definitions,
fixed a character length error on the forum, the contacts
section has come online please go see how to register. Added 2 new
potlids in the British
We need your suggestions for the buy & sell
section which will be coming online within the next few months to
make it as user friendly as possible.
For any suggestions on improvements on the website
please drop us a line in the Forum.
Another 10 new definitions in the glossary,
another dump visited and discussed in the "About
Us" section as well as some usefull hints and tips to new
diggers in the digging section. Add to
this a further 3 stunning British Pot-lids (can you spot them) and
a magnificent new (previously unpictured) ginger-beer, adds up to
a good weeks work. For any questions and answers, the forum is now
online for your convenience.
There is a fascinating article in Afrikaans (translated
for our international visitors) by Gerard de Kamper and the first
of a monthly editorial type comment from Rod in the forum.
Things are happening quite quickly now, new updates:
Today we have updated the second edition of the website to include
Brian White has just reported some
amazing new colourelip cod finds which will be shown soon.
Mike Conradi from Durban will be
sending a large number of unlisted ginger beers and the first of
a series of articles on South African Diggers will be ready within
the next two weeks.
You may have noticed the yellow
buttons on the welcome page, this is to indicate which new sections
have been updated to be an easy guide to regular browsers of Antique
Bottles. In our next update the contacts, forums and register sections
will also be online so keep checking back.
Today we have updated to the second edition of antiquebottles.co.za
with a new look and feel
We have included a history
section and the ginger
beer catalogue has been brought online
Serious development of Antique Bottles website has begun, we will
be adding exciting new features such as: buy and sell sections,
Forums, VIP sections, Bottle Catalogues to view, an e-mail request
of a bottle you have found and want to have it appraised, a newsletter,
articles and many more features to come.