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Last Chance Antiques reflects the name of the historic district that we live in, Last Chance Gulch, in Helena, Montana.  “Last Chance” gulch?   In 1864, four discouraged gold miner’s were heading back to a previous area they had explored and on their way, one of the miner’s in the group said that “when we get back to the Prickly Pear Valley, there’s that little gulch.  It’s our last chance”.   Sure enough, they decided to give the little gulch one last chance, so they went a little further up then before and they struck it rich.  The area became known as Last Chance Gulch, and the town of Helena, Montana Territory, was quickly erected around the gulch.

Welcome to my Etsy site!  Thanks for checking out my listings, and as you have seen, antique bottles strongly represent what I offer.

Trout fishing leads to old Owl bottles ... As a…

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  • Joined February 16, 2012

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Last Chance Antiques reflects the name of the historic district that we live in, Last Chance Gulch, in Helena, Montana.  “Last Chance” gulch?   In 1864, four discouraged gold miner’s were heading back to a previous area they had explored and on their way, one of the miner’s in the group said that “when we get back to the Prickly Pear Valley, there’s that little gulch.  It’s our last chance”.   Sure enough, they decided to give the little gulch one last chance, so they went a little further up then before and they struck it rich.  The area became known as Last Chance Gulch, and the town of Helena, Montana Territory, was quickly erected around the gulch.

Welcome to my Etsy site!  Thanks for checking out my listings, and as you have seen, antique bottles strongly represent what I offer.

Trout fishing leads to old Owl bottles ... As a youth, I came across an old bottle sticking out of the bank of the creek I was trout fishing in. After looking a little further I came across another bottle with an embossed picture of an Owl on it and the caption, "The Owl Drug Co."  Well, I'd always liked history, felt I was born 100 years too late, and also had a keen interest in Owls as well.  That was back in 1973.  Something clicked, and I have been a bottle collector ever since! So, I don't just sell bottles, but I am a collector as well, and this helps keep my level of enthusiasm up on every item that I present.  I try to list new items every week, and keep them appealing by offering different items, from common to rare. 

I am passionate about collecting antique bottles and I enjoy corresponding with others who share this passion.  I offer free appraisals, If you have any antique bottles that you are wondering about or, for that matter, have some you would like to sell, feel free to contact me. I will happily share with you what I know and make you an offer if you are interested in selling.

PURPLE GLASS:

About our purple glass antique bottles and items ... we all have heard bits and pieces about how old antique glass will turn a nice amethyst lavender color when exposed to the sun? In the antique world, this is referred to as SCA or Sun Colored Amethyst glass. This is a naturally occurring process with antique clear glass. Exposure to the ultra violet sun rays triggers a chemical reaction and the minerals (manganese) oxidize and turn a wonderful lavender color. As a young person I had 100's of old glass bottles and related items lying out on the roof of a shed turning purple in the sun. I experimented with this purpling process for decades and found that it would take clear glass items like this a long time of exposure to the sunlight to turn this purple. So I came up with different ways to hasten this purpling process. Though I still use the time tested method of putting them on a shed roof (where at the 5000' elevation they take on a purple color in a remarkably fast transition), we also have several "purpling" boxes (boxes lined with tin foil, that have specialized non-heating UV Germicidal lights) where in this environment they get the same benefit as if they were out in the sun 24/7, but they are spared from being out in the weather and moisture, freezing or unseen tragedy (large limb falling of a fir tree onto the shed!) and instead, are stored in a very dry and arid climate, so they stay in remarkable condition! We also have a contract with a company who will run these through an industrial strength food sterilizing process and in an instant will do what it takes literally 100 years of sunlight to do. This is a process that simulates the ultra violet rays and rapidly enriches the purple color that would naturally occur if exposed to sun light for a prolonged period of time. This process produces the clearest, cleanest, and most natural purple color than any other method I've seen or tried. It is not irradiated (like the many other 'purple' bottles you see on eBay and Etsy that are kind of a sick, washed out purple color), radiated, or radio active, just the richest and truest purple color. With few exceptions, only clear glass from before 1914 will turn sun-colored-amethyst. Not only does this deep purple/amethyst color make a great looking glass item, but it also authenticates it as being truly antique.


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