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An exhibition of antiques and collectables
Colonial Bottle & Collectors Club of WA is hosting the Annual WA State Exhibition of Bottles and Collectibles at the Cannington Exhibition Centre in Cannington. This exhibition will be supported by a great Antique Fair with lots of interest for all visitors to see, buy and have a good time.

The National Bottle Show in Penrith has finished and now is the time for Western Australia collectors to prepare for their upcoming WA State show in October.

The next exhibition will be on 12th October 2019 from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm and will cost $2 for entrance which is paid at the event.

The Colonial Bottle & Collectors Club of WA was established in 1970. The members meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Cannington Exhibition Centre (Liddelow Hall) to socialise, swap their goods and sell and compete in some of the shield competitions.

The Club was formed by the founding members who wanted to stimulate the hobby of old bottle collecting. They also wanted to share their knowledge of Western Australian history of old bottles, jars and containers. The club advances the study and security of historical items and this they do in a friendly and social environment.

The collections from the members include, but are not limited to, chemist bottles, marble bottles, demijohns, ink bottles, poison bottles, crown seals, ceramic ginger beers, cordial bottles, Perth glassworks, glass ginger beers, milk bottles, water jugs, pot lids, Warners safe cures, pickle and preserving jars, Wembley ware, Darbyshire, Royal Doulton, glass insulators, Piro label bottles, advertising bar items (whisky, spirits etc) and much more.

Nowadays the club has expanded to collectables as well as older bottles. Some of the members collect historic items such as:

Old toys
Old Tins
Glassware (Depression Glass, Amethyst Glass, Murano)
Pottery such as Darbyshire and Wembley Ware, Blue & White China
Whiskey Jugs
War memorabilia
Paper Ephemera
Enamel Signs
Cart registration plates
Number plates
Early West Australian Dog registration tags
And more and more!

The members enjoy the benefits which they can access via the club auctions, club library, bi-monthly newsletters (The Little Bottler), and the Annual Christmas Party.

There is always a State Show held at the venue and this show shows the members collectable items to the public with lots of local history information. There will always also be plenty of swap and sell tables.

New members are always welcome inro this Club so if you are interested in any of these items, please contact them via their Facebook page.

The descriptions of bottle types that some of the collectors collect include the following:

Aerated Waters
Early aerated water or cool drink bottles are one of the most popular and most hunted categories collected today. Nost of these bottles were often very greatly embossed with the companies name, trademark and town or location. This gives the bottle an excellent provenance.

Hamiltons & Maughams
The most obvious thing about both of these patents is that they could not stand upright by themselves.

The Hamilton or Torpedo bottle was first conceived in the early 19th century, and this was before the internal stoppered patent closures were there and addressed the issue of the traditional closure method of a cork.

Chapman Weld Hotel Hybrid, Cossack
These were a rare and unusual quirk of the bottle which was making industry by anyone's imagination. These were often thought to have been made more as a sales gimmick at the time rather than of a practical reason. This Hybrid incorporated two well-known designs within the one bottle. Because they had a Codd top half on a Hamilton base, they couldn't stand up, and therefore keeping the rubber seal within the Codd top always wet, the Hamilton shape gave them extreme strength.

Ginger Beers
Like aerated waters, successfully bottling brewed ginger beer also had its challenges. The strength of this bottle and the way it closed was probably the most important requirement when bottling a traditionally brewed ginger beer.

By the 1930s, due to their high cost of making these bottles, the producers were opting to the new machine-made glass ginger beer bottle.

Black Glass
Black glass is actually naturally coloured glass which hasn't had any agents added during the manufacturing process to clear it or colour it. These were things such as soda ash and includes all-natural dark olive coloured glass through right to totally black. Being a natural glass colour, finding black glass on a site is generally a good indication of age, and it was usually pre-1880s.

Cordial bottles are another popular category that many collectors like to collect even though not many examples of earlier Western Australian manufacturers exist. Along with many earlier cordials imported from England, Rose's lime juice became the most popular. There were many cordials which were imported from the Eastern States, usually packaged in very ornate bottles.

Now you have a review of some of the bottles that are collectable, make a break and go to this event as it is going to be very interesting.
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Why? For an antique and collectible exhibition
When: 12th October 2019
Where: Cannington Exhibition Centre & Showgrounds Cnr Station Street & Albany Highway Cannington, WA 6107
Cost: $2
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