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Treasure Shop Catalogue



Hello and welcome to the Treasure Shop. Here you will find civil war era antiques and collectibles for sale. We are currently finding just the right treasures to sell online and will post those valuable items right here. Visit again to locate just the right antique at the perfect price.

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1865 Cathedral or Gothic pickle bottle - Price $500.00


Item Name:1865 Cathedral or Gothic pickle bottle
Price: $500.00


1865 Cathedral or Gothic pickle bottle

The Victorian Gothic design became popular on preserve ware starting in the 1840s continuing through the 1880s, though in the later years it seems the designs were less ornate.
The Victorian Gothic influence is known in glass houses in Stoddard, New Hampshire; Westford and Willington in Connecticut and others in the South Jersey - Philadelphia areas. Some pickle containers have initials embossed on the base.
Some collectors refer to these pickle bottles as "floral pickle jars" The diamond lattice, floral patterns, tulip crowns, stars and crosses are all common designs.
Smaller emerald green floral bottles often held spices or honey along with pickles.
This 11in antique pickle jar was manufactured by JN Bodine in 1865 which was incorporated as The Cohansey Glass Works in 1879. This antique pickle jar was sold to a company called Stout Dwyer and Wicks that had been established in the early 1860s as a canning house at the corner of Bank Street and Irving Avenue in Bridgeton, New Jersey. In the spring of 1865 John W. Stout gained full control of the company.
This particular Cathedral bottle was filled with pickles and shipped by wagon to the docks in Bridgeton where it was loaded aboard the ship Baltic and placed in a shipment to Galveston Texas to help feed the vast number of Civil war soldiers stationed there awaiting their discharge from the military at the end of the Civil war between the North and south.
The use of this antique pickle jar by Stout Dwyer and Wicks was not common knowledge until the recovery of this pickle bottle from a marked crate found aboard the shipwreck of the Baltic which had been lost in the Great Bahamian hurricane of 1866. Bottles with this design and this history are extremely rare.                                                                                 
Bottles from this era contained not only pickles, but were used to preserve and market other food products, namely cherries, honey, mincemeat, lobsters spiced, mixed vegetables, Peppers and plum tomatoes.  Some of the bottles recovered from the "Baltic" contained capers, still sealed with cork inserts. Products from France, such as capers, brandied cherries and olive oil were frequent imports in the 1800s.

Civil War Era English Mocha ware Seaweed Design-Price $950.00


Item Name:Seaweed Design English Mocha ware
Price: $950.00


English Mocha ware

The seaweed design mug was called Mocha ware and was manufactured at the Staffordshire potteries of William Adams IV at his Greenfield factory in Tunstall England sometime between 1845 and 1850. The mug was stored at Adams Stoke Upon Trent works factory in England.  When the Stoke works were closed in 1864 the stock was transferred to the Greenfield factory warehouse.  Because it was from an earlier era it was stored in the back of the old warehouse and when moved to the new warehouse it was placed in the front.  When the purchasers for the Baltics cargo came calling it was one of the first crates of mugs put aboard the ship. This caused a great deal of research to figure out how an 1845 mug got placed aboard an 1866 shipment to Galveston Texas.  There was a great shortage of eating utensils at the time because of the war and the buyers needed any kind of plates and mugs they could get so old stock was dug out and sold to them.
It's believed the Adams factory in Greenfield also produced Sponge ware. Much of it was done by means of cut sponges, and was first made in Staffordshire by William Adams at his Greenfield pottery in 1845 to 1850. In order to introduce it he procured persons from Scotland who understood the process. Adams is also said to have originated Mocha ware in the late eighteenth century in his factory at Colbridge (named after Mocha stone said to have been originally from Mocha in Arabia.) The dark markings simulating miniature trees and shrubs are caused by the infiltration of iron or manganese oxide solutions into the cracks of the stone, and was used by Adams on cream colored earthenware.
This mug was hand made and is an extremely rare one of a kind piece of Mocha ware that would have been used by one of the many soldiers awaiting release from the military in Galveston Texas at the end of the Civil war.  It was lost on the shipwreck of the Baltic in the Great Bahamian hurricane of 1866. After resting for 130 years at the bottom of the ocean this very beautiful mug is being offered for sale to the public.
William Adams IV was the son and first partner of William Adams III. In 1819 when he became partner, the name of the firm was changed to William Adam and Son, and subsequently to William Adams & Sons when three other sons joined the firm.
In 1966 the Adam's firm was amalgamated with the Wedgewood group.

Civil War Era English Banded Cream ware -Price $750.00

Item Name:English Banded Cream ware
Price: $750.00


Banded Cream ware

Banded Cream ware was manufactured by William Adams IV at his Greenfield potteries in Tunstall England, the first important pottery manufacturer in that area, manufactured between 1845 and 1850. This is a beautiful unique piece of history being offered for sale to the public and could have been used by your great, great grandfather at the close of the Civil war in Galveston Texas. It was lost in a shipwreck in 1866 in the Great Bahamian hurricane wrapped in straw and packed tightly into a crate and survived 130 years under the ocean.

1865 Umbrella Inkwell -Price $100.00

Item Name: Umbrella Inkwell
Price: $100.00


Umbrella Inkwell

This is a 2 and 1/2" medium Blue Green eight sided, open pontil, applied mouth, umbrella inkwell manufactured in 1865 and sold by the Estes -N.Y. Ink Co. and placed in shipment aboard the Brig Baltic in New York in 1866. The ship was bound for the Southern troops awaiting release from the military in Galveston Texas and was lost in the Great Bahamian hurricane of 1866. This beautiful historical piece has been recovered after resting on the bottom of the ocean for 130 years and is being offered for sale to the public.