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The history of West Sussex in a bottle

Tony Poucher with an early Dolphin bottle (left) dated around 1680, and one of the oldest in his collection. Picture by Kate Shemilt. C131632-1

Tony Poucher with an early Dolphin bottle (left) dated around 1680, and one of the oldest in his collection. Picture by Kate Shemilt. C131632-1

AN EXHIBITION capturing a snapshot of the past drew in collectors this month.

The Sussex Antique Bottle Collectors Club held a meeting at the Bassil Shippam Centre, in Chichester, to celebrate its 40th birthday on December 6.

Charlie Hayter is joint secretary with his wife Jackie.

“It’s possibly our best Christmas meeting for some time,” he said afterwards.

“The displays were first class. There were more people than usual.”

There were 16 different displays on show from members.

He said the collections of bottles and other items helped to capture a picture of what the county used to be like in days gone by.

“I’ve always had an interest in the past and what went on and how they lived,” he said.

Of what could be divined from collecting old bottles, he said: “It’s an aspect of how they lived.

“Let’s be honest, ginger beer was only popular because the water was undrinkable.”

One of the items on display was a bottle from the former Dolphin Pub, in Chichester, believed to be from around 1680.

The club meets on the first Friday of month at the Bassil Shippam Centre, in Tozer Way, Chichester, from 7pm to 10pm.

Anyone interested in joining the club or who has any items in which the club might be interested should call Charlie or Jackie Hayter on 01243 371440.

 

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