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July 2002 Issue
Compiled by
Bruce Gventer

What follows is a random assortment of art and antiques related websites that we have visited and enjoyed in the last few weeks. Your discoveries and suggestions are always welcome. Send them to

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If you can identify
this bike let Jeff know.

Vintage Bikes

Have an old bike you want to know more about? Visit Jeff's site. He offers a history of many different types of bikes in the bike history section and a profile of bike manufacturers. Types of bikes in this section include Mountain, Bowden, Campagnolo, Colson, Columbia, Columbia Chainless, Dayton, Elgin, Hawthorne, Huffman, Plastic, Olympic, Rollfast, Schwinn, Shelby, Whizzer, and Yamaha.

You will find the pictures of the bikes in the bike museum; in this section are photos of Pre-Balloon, Balloon Tire, Schwinn Stingray, Muscle Bike, Mountain, Lightweights, Ordinary, and Pre-1900 bikes. The bike museum should be very helpful in identifying what type of old bike you have.  

Still need help identifying your bike, or want to know its value? Jeff offers his opinion on the value of your antique bike. When you contact Jeff, he asks that you send him as much information as possible. Pictures are the best but if you cannot supply a picture send him a complete description of your bike.  

Need to replace a broken part, or buy an old bike? You can shop for those on Jeff's site too. He tries to maintain an inventory of at least 50 vintage bikes for sale. He has parts for these bikes as well. Have some old bike parts for sale? There is a page listing the parts he is currently looking to purchase. Seems like a good place to start your vintage bike ride.


A coke bottle
from about 1900

Antique Bottles

 This site claims to be the leading Internet site for finding, buying, selling, and learning about antique bottles, but you be the judge and let me know what you think. If you are new to bottle collecting, visit the bottle collector's checklist page for a comprehensive list of places to go for more information. This part of the site includes magazines, collector sites, books, bottle clubs, bottle shows, newsgroups, values, and the basics of bottle styles.  

Want to know how old your bottle is? Offered are tips for determining age based on three bottle characteristics: side seams, base type, and top type. For example, looking at just the side seams, a 3-piece mold leaves no seam on the bottom half of the bottle. There will be a seam near the shoulder that runs completely around the circumference of the bottle. From this shoulder seam are two side seams that run up the neck and end below the top of the lip. The site states that these 3-piece molds were most popular between 1840 and 1870. provides information on auctions, appraisals, dating, good links, where you can get answers to your questions, a glossary of terms used in the trade, best ways to clean your finds, and how to classify your bottle. There are more than fifty types of bottles described on the site with lots of pictures and good descriptions.

The Werewolf from
the 1956 movie

Movie Posters

Vintage movie posters from around the world are offered for sale on this site. You can use the site's search feature to find the posters of interest to you. They also have an online bookstore with movie poster related books. They will help you sell your movie posters either by taking them on consignment, arranging a sale for you with a customer, or buying the poster directly from you. If you are looking to buy a particular movie poster they do not have in stock they will keep your want on file and notify you when it is found.  

They are based in Italy and specialize in Italian and European posters, but their selection includes classic movies and cult titles, American and world cinema. Their links page looks like a good place to start to find all types of posters from around the world. This site is a fine example of how a hobby can turn into a business.

7 feet, 8 inches
tall, has the
capacity to hold
188 gallons.


American Glass

The Museum of American Glass claims to be the largest museum in the United States specializing in the history of glass made in America. The Museum building looks like a Victorian hotel. It has more than 6,500 pieces of glass on display arranged chronologically. The first piece is from Wistarburgh Glass works, the first successful glass factory in America. The glass factory opened in1739 and was located in Salem County, New Jersey.

One of the best parts about this site might be the staff's offer to answer your questions about American glass. They have a form on the site for you to fill out with your question. They say responses can take from 4 to 6 weeks.

On display now are glass chess sets. There are some good pictures with detailed descriptions. The site could use some more images to make it even more interesting.

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1864 musket with
sling and bayonet

Rifles Guns and Bayonets

This is a site for old military rifles, handguns, and bayonets from the time period of 1850 to 1950. It is the collection of the site's owner J. M. Kerrigan, and the weapons are not for sale. Mr. Kerrigan wants to show all the major rifles, handguns, and bayonets made between 1850 and 1950 from countries around the world.

The list of nations and weapons already on the site total more then fifty categories. Most categories have pictures of many different weapons. The site is still under construction, but there are tons of images for you to look at. Descriptions are still being added, but many of the images have a short description below the image. There are links to some gun dealers and special tools you might need to purchase.

Where J. M. knows where to find additional information about a weapon he provides a link to another site.

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