|today's intact bottleneck|
of course, not every day is a lucky one. there are a number of productive beaches near where i live; rocky, smelly, full of trash and dead fish. and on occasion i leave with pockets full of pinks and yellows and all manner of rare colors. Today, that did not happen.
i found some nice things, no doubt, but not quite what i was hoping to find. the first treasure of note was the intact top of a bottle, presumably from hot sauce judging by the small opening. intact bottlenecks are a relative rarity, so even in a common color such as clear glass, they are a treat to come across. Not long after, i discovered an opaque, two-tone blue glass bead, which i for sure thought was plastic but picked up anyway. the bead was heavy for its size, and had a gritty feel, more akin to polished glass with a definite glassy "plink" when dropped on a hard surface. I'm in love with
|two-tone opaque glass bead|
the vintage character of the bead and it looks slightly art deco. im not sure if i want to turn it into a jewelry piece, or keep it in my jar of rare pieces as one of the trophies of my collection. either way im very glad i found it!
The rest of todays haul was mostly common colors, though i did find two pieces of clear pattern glass, 3 pieces of UV glass, 1 piece of gray glass, and an unusual aqua-gray piece, much darker than is typical for aqua glass. it was also a good day for cobalt blue and lime green, and found several pieces in both of those colors, though they are not as rare as the reds and yellows which I covet.
|Pattern glass, and gray and aqua-gray|
at any rate, i was at least the first person to the beach this morning. so i got first pick of what washed ashore last night. as i was finishing up i got the chance to talk to some fellow collectors, informed them that there wasn't much today and we got to boast about our past finds. one older woman i talked to informed me of a beautiful piece of dark purple she found at the location during the Super Moon earlier this month. we wished each other luck and went our own separate ways.
once i got home and emptied my pockets, the first thing i do is check my collection under a black light, and if you dont check your finds either you are really missing out on some rare treats. years ago, uranium was used in the manufacture of glassware and ceramics. before it was weaponized, and before people even knew what radioactivity was, uranium was valued as a pigment, yielding a vibrant color in shades of yellow and green. in years past, glass of this sort would have been proudly displayed in a window, since the color of the glass seems to intensify in sunlight. This effect is the
|Today's Limes and Cobalts|
|Today's UV glass under black light|
Thank you for reading :)