The Sea Glass Shard of the Month: July 2012
A Goldenrod Yellow Glass Mug Handle
Sea Glass Specifications:
Color: Goldenrod Yellow
Max Length: 66.8 mm (2.63")
Max Width: 42.7 mm (1.69")
Max Thickness: 28.7 mm (1.13")
Weight: 44.9 grams (1.68 oz)
Estimated Age: At least 80 Years Old
This month's featured find is a sea glass handle from a glass mug. This specimen was found in the location of an old English garbage dump, commonly referred to as a "tip" among the local bottle collectors, located along the northeast coast.
While a specific date for the age of this handle cannot be determined the dump was capped in the 1920s which allows us to generalize that it is at least 80 years old.
The photo detail reveals the well-conditioned, overall quality pitting and frost of this sea glass handle.
Rubbish dumps found along the coast can be a great source of rare and highly prized sea glass.
Rubbish dumps found along the coast can be a great source of rare and highly prized sea glass as they will usually contain more than the common colors originating from liquor bottles. Often, these sites will also contain colorful and decorative glassware that was accidentally broken and tossed into the trash. Over time, the refuse will find its way into the surf through beach erosion and / or high surf conditions brought about by major storms.
Coastal locations where mostly common brown, green and white colors are found, referred to as the "socializing colors" by the Journal, are usually spots where party-goers would gather to socialize. Often, the empty bottles would end up being smashed against rocks or just left in a pile for the rising tide to claim.
Besides the possibility of finding some of the rarer colors at a coastal dump, the sea glass may also have unusual patterns and shapes not found in common bottles. This type of glass can originate from cut or pressed tableware as well as decorative art glass.
To the sea glass collector, discovering one of these coastal dumps can provide many years of bountiful treasure and some of the most highly prize sea glass in one's collection.