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Latest News

Latest Show NEWS

As lockdown begins to be relaxed there is talk amongst show organisers of what possible shows might actually go ahead later this year.

At the time of print we have been made aware that Shrewsbury, Alton and Oxford Shows are still hoping to go ahead, or at least are still hoping for the best, and acting accordingly, with their end of year shows, but Exeter, Wiltshire and Stratford have definitely cancelled. Also we understand Chessington (Sept 13th) is cancelled but we havent been told officially. Obviously BBR Summernational (July 4th/5th) is only going ahead as an online auction and BBR Autumn (Oct 4th) also cancelled as a show but doing an online auction  At time of writing we haven't yet heard ANY news regarding Attleborough (Nov 18th) (Organisers please note?!)


In these virus concerned times it is quite likely many of the advertised shows may be cancelled. Please check with organisers before travelling.

We can confirm officially that: 

Cirencester show April 5th, and

Minstead show May 10th

Attleborough show on April 26th

Perth show on May 6th

Bowburn show on June 6th

Ditton (Invicta) show on May 17th

Stratford show on July 26th

Exeter show on Aug 23rd

Chessington show on Sept 13th

Corsham show on Sept 20th


Elsecar BBR shows have been officially cancelled but the accompanying auctions are going ahead as ONLINE ONLY.

We will try to keep you up to date with all latest related news, but we need organisers to help us help you!....


Exclusively on the new ABC one stop bottle information source and AAAuctions Ltd.

ABC is pleased to announce that AAAuctions Ltd has graciously allowed us to link in to their unique "Past Auction" search and pricing tool and database. Simply follow the link, insert a relevant keyword for the type of bottle you are interested in e.g. "Daffy", and all the Daffy's and related bottles that AAAuctions have sold in all their previous auctions will appear, with descriptions, photographs and hammer price achieved! Note the dates and you will be able to see how prices have moved over the years for those bottle types. 
An incredible and valuable FREE tool that many websites try to charge for, and one which will simply continue to build and build, supporting and encouraging bottle collecting worldwide!


Just to keep everyone up to date. Enforced home alone means we have even more opportunity to get on with the next issue (now issue 80) of ABC magazine, some great articles already in and I’m working on them.  Thanks everyone for your great support and very positive comments. Keep the articles coming, in these times of show absence and limited isolated digging it seems there is even greater need for a bottle fix for the thousands of bottle collectors stuck in their homes going stir crazy, so we hope to help the bottle community with that. We’re all in it together and we already know that the best of the bottle world is their camaraderie and willingness to help others, despite the inevitable tiny handful who can so easily give us a bad name.


Obviously keep checking this ABC WEBSITE

For the latest in show cancellation news, though even we have to admit we need to update that now we have had some more official show cancellation news. (We won’t print rumour). But I think most people realise that there won’t be many shows in the near future at least until much later this year, if that, ....so do prepare yourselves for that possibility, and see this adversity as an opportunity to get more into the online community of bottle collectors.

Personally we have never been so busy, or sold so much, (I feel guilty) but I guess I’m an introvert and we can survive enforced loneliness very easily thankyou, so I’m actually enjoying this semi-holiday. So I have no more excuses for not getting on with the magazine... !

Keep well everyone, be sensible, be patient, and we’ll come out of this the other side, leaner, fitter, more capable, and more appreciative of what we had and what we could lose.

Mark Nightingale

Keep checking out the latest updated "Earlyglass" catalog 

NOW on this ABC website! New recently updated catalog but loads more to come!

To go there, click on any of the "Earlyglass"

buttons you see and then use the Search button at the top of page to look for any keyword items eg. "onion" -  then open each item of interest in a new tab to keep it available in the background and compare. Please don't hesitate to ask for further info or images

Announcing NEW "BASIC INFO" pages to be added

ABC Magazine will be picking out certain articles from previous issues that fulfill an educational role to new collectors or offer helpful info for mature collectors, and posting them permanently on this website for all to see and perform as an further information database. 
Watch this space for these to start appearing. OR IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE in this format on here, please let us know.

New Standing Order Subscriptions Incentive

Simply set up a Standing Order with your bank for your new/re-

subscription (often can do thisonline) and RECEIVE AN EXTRA


About Antique Bottle Collector Magazine

ABC magazine is a quarterly full-colour magazine of 40 + pages. Read about new finds, researched histories, show reports, digging news, bottles wanted and for sale. The aim is to encourage all those who have discovered the 'buzz' of hunting and digging out Edwardian, Victorian, and sometimes earlier bottle dumps. Some of which can be valuable, all of which are fascinating, intrinsically beautiful and important local social history artifacts.

Back issues of ABC Magazine are available from £1 each+post. Go to the Resources/Books section to see some of the more recent issues available.

Image courtesy of AAAuctions Ltd

We are grateful to AAAuctions Ltd for the use in many instances of their excellent photography both in this website and in the printed ABC magazine. 

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Back issues available:-

most back issues are still available though going fast now. Pricing is very simple....the most recent previous four issues are £5 each plus post, but after that anything previous is JUST £1 each! plus post....contact us to check what is available. Usually best to arrange FREE pickup at a show..

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