20 Times This Woman Found The Most Unique Old Things By The Seashore
Maristella, a handmade jewelry designer from Slovenia, spends most of her day searching for interesting items on the beach to create beautiful beach-themed jewelry. She mostly uses seashells and other items for her unique handmade ornaments. In her quest for finding interesting treasures, she often gets some antique things.
On Bored Panda, she explains, “While searching for seashells on the beach, I was finding a lot of glass, ceramics, old coins, silverware, and other amazing 100-year-old finds. With some research, I found out that I find so many vintage and antique items because in the past (around 100 years ago), Italian ships would come here and dump trash in the sea. Over the years, with the waves and many storms, historic finds that are hidden under the mud in the sea wash up on the beach.”
Maristella has revealed her passion for jewelry-making earlier on DeMilked, check it out here. For more information, check out her Etsy shop. Meanwhile, you can scroll below to find out what interesting vintage stuff she found by the seashore.
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#1 Kerosene Lamp Burner
A part of a 1850s R. DITMAR Wien kerosene lamp burner. Brothers Rudolf and Fredrich Ditmar relocated from Germany to Austria (Vienna) in 1839 where they traded in oil lamps. In 1841 they started their own lamp factory. A decade later they succeeded in developing the “moderator lamp” that could be used reliably thanks to having an option to adjust the intensity of the flame. The international success enabled the further expansion of the company, which continued after Friedrich Ditmar’s death as “Lamps and Metalware Factory R. Ditmar”.
#2 Atkinson’s Rose Cold Cream
This is a part of a stoneware pot lid for Atkinson’s Rose Cold Cream. Dates late 1800’s to early 1900’s. It was a cream for men to use after shaving and on their lips. It was also a fine rose perfume. His store was at 24 Old Bond Street in London. A street known for prestigious or expensive shops.
#3 Vintage Spoon
#4 Luxardo Bottle
This bottle is from around 1880/1890 and was once filled with maraschino liquor made by the family Luxardo, as you can see from the glass stamp. They were one of the most famous families making this liquor and even received many awards for it.
#5 100 Year Old (Part Of A) Button From The Austro-Hungarian Empire Times
#6 Clay Marbles
Antique clay marbles, a popular Victorian toy – dating from the 1800s. These are much more common to find than glass marbles because they were easier to make and more affordable.
#7 Vintage Fork
This fork is made from the Alpacca material and is from the 19th/20th century. It has a tiny symbol and the marking C&D on it. Before aluminum came on the scene alpaca was the popular material of the cutlery industry in the years of the 18-19th century. It counted as a rather great achievement, the factories stamped every piece with their own mark. The nice silver color of the alpaca is due to the nickel, extensibility comes from copper and zinc gives its melting ability.
#8 Different Glass Bottles
#9 200-Year-Old Cosmacendi Maraschino Bottle
One of my proudest is a 200-year-old undamaged Maraschino bottle from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After finding it, I returned it back »home« to the Cosmacendi Palace (located in Zadar, Croatia), where the maker of the bottle once lived, and which is now the Museum of Ancient Glass! It was not only an incredible find, but also a bottle without any proof that it even existed. The museum was thrilled to have gotten this amazing piece of history and I was over the moon to have contributed to their collection.
#10 Roncegno Bottle
The natural mineral water Roncegno, enriched with compounds of iron and arsenic from the eponymous source in northern Italy, near Trento, has been in circulation since the second half of the 19th century.
From 1867, the right to use the spring was bought by the brothers Girolamo and Francesco Waiz, whose company (Dita Fratelli Waiz), in addition to the production of spring medicinal water – Acqua Roncegno – in the 70s of the 19th century took over the building of the thermal spa in Roncegno. Since then, the whole place has experienced a short-lived but notable economic boom. The spa was known throughout the Austro-Hungarian lands, and was advertised in newspapers at the very beginning of the 20th century, most often with the simultaneous advertising of the healing water Roncegno.
#11 Brainovich Glass Stamp
Maraschino bottle stamp made during the Austro-Hungarian Empire time by Simeone Brainovich. I usually find stamps from Zadar (Zara) but this one is from Split, Croatia (Spalato).
#12 Antique Beer Bottle
This bottle with the words “Proprieta’ L. Dejak Pola” was from a gentleman named Luigi Dejak. He was mostly known for his beer and wine in Pola at the end of the 19th century. His wine received many prizes around Europe for its amazing flavor and quality. This specific bottle was filled with beer.
#13 Toothbrush With Markings: G. B. Kent & Sons London
Toothbrush with markings: G. B. Kent & Sons London.
Kent Brushes was founded in 1777. They’ve supplied Royal households with their hairbrushes.
They’ve been involved in both World Wars, equipping millions of brushes to troops in the Army, Navy and RAF, even creating special brushes in which maps and compasses were concealed to help the war effort.
#14 Victorian Art Glass Vase
The Victorian art glass vase is from the second half of the 19th century. It has an applied trail of blue rigaree citrine glass trailing around the vase and a lovely silver design of a branch with flowers, leaves, and acorns.
#15 German Company Oberselters Mineral Water Bottle From 1860s
Clay bottle that contained mineral water. It’s from a German company named OberSelters that even today sells mineral water. The stamp on this bottle was used only on bottles made from 1836 to 1866.
#16 Victorian Cherry Toothpaste
Victorian Cherry Toothpaste pot lid, made by John Cosnell & Co. London. This find is from 1850-1900. Toothpaste for “beautifying and preserving the teeth and gums.”
#17 Rifle Bullet 1888
The 8×52mmR Mannlicher cartridge was first introduced in 1888 for the Mannlicher M1888 rifle. It was made in and also used by the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1888 to 1890.
#18 120+ Year Old Coins
These are “Hellers” from the Austro – Hungarian Empire. On one side there’s a double-headed eagle, on the other side the number 2 and the year it was made. On one piece you can see the year 1897! In Austria-Hungary, Heller was the term used in the Austrian half of the empire for 1/100 of the Austro-Hungarian krone (the other being fillér in the Hungarian half), the currency from 1892 until after the demise (1918) of the Empire.
#19 L’acqua Di Melissa
This bottle, with the words “Melissa dei c scalzi” on one side and “Venezia” on the other, is the famous “l’Acqua di Melissa” – healing water made from the Melissa herb. I have contacted the so-called barefoot Carmelite Fathers of the Venetian Province and they have told me that this bottle was made in the early 1800s.
According to the archives, during lunch in the Carmelite convent in Venice a friar wasn’t feeling good, so the father helped him not to faint by giving him the water of Melissa to smell. It is claimed to be the first proof of the use of the magical water, made from Melissa Moldavica, distilled from Carmelite religious since 1710. The recipe for the magical water was written in 1841.
#20 Button From An Austro-Hungarian Marine Uniform
A button from the Austro-Hungarian Navy (1867–1918). It was a part of the uniform that sailors working on warships wore.