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Bytown Antique & Bottle Club

All Antique, All the Time 

Book - The Potter's Reach - by Moe Johnson.jpg
Bytown Antique & Bottle Club


The Bytown Antique & Bottle Club is the successor to the Bytown Bottle Seekers' Club, which was founded in 1970. The Club is involved in promoting local history through various projects such as calendars, radio interviews, newspaper articles, and online media.  


It has proudly organized the popular annual Bytown Antique & Vintage Show, for 48 years.  It will be held on Sunday April 30, 2023 at the Nepean Sportsplex in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 


We are excited to have guest author Moe Johnson represented at our 2023 Show.  Moe will be offering his newly released book on Canadian pottery, The Potter's Reach - a highly detailed, informative reference book full of photos!   A must have book!


The Club has a core group of dedicated and knowledgable members who are interested in collecting antique bottles such as ginger beers, black glass, milks, sodas, medicines, inks, red ware and stoneware.  Members also collect antique furniture, textiles, folk art, fine art, maps, oil lamps, insulators, paperweights, glassware, decoys, advertising and nostalgic items. Membership to the Club must be approved, according to Club regulations.

H. Christin Ottawa Ginger Beer, oil lamp, tin car, antique shore bird decoy, stoneware crock with cobalt blue flower, hunting tin, medicine bottle
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The Bytown Antique & Bottle Club is very pleased to announce that Moe Johnson, author of a definitive new book of pottery manufacturing in Canada (The Potter's Reach) will conduct a book signing and sale of books at our upcoming Show on Sunday April 30, 2023, 9am-3pm, Nepean Sportsplex, Ottawa, ON. Mark your calendar now for this interesting and fun event.

All About Glass Blowing

Carving of oxen with driver by Odessa Belisle, St. Antoine, Quebec, pine, circa 1965.
The Glassblower


The glassblower is blowing through a blowpipe and is inflating molten glass into a bubble.  Glass bottles were made using this free blown technique, or were blown into molds. This image was the original logo used by the Bytown Bottle Seekers’ Club.

Glassblower blowing through blowpipe, original logo of Bytown Bottle Seekers' Club
Wooden Antiques Sign

BABC meetings are held monthly, except for July and August.  Meetings are informal and business is kept to a minimum.  Collectible items of historical significance are presented and discussed by members during the show and tell portion of the meeting.  An important part of the meeting is the networking and sharing of knowledge, along with socializing over good food and drinks.  

Monthly Meetings
Summer Picnic Meeting
Syphon Seltzer Bottle
Monthly Meeting Socializing
Summer Meeting at the Cottage
Show and Tell at Monthly Meeting
Summer Monthly Meeting at Cottage
Smiling Selfie at Summer Meeting
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