Where do I even begin? First off, let’s get it out there… we are in the house!!! This post has been a long time waiting since we moved in. Before we start posting photos we want to finish up a few things and set things up. In the meantime, we wanted to share a very interesting discovery we made about the bottles that we found in the foundation of the home.
It turns out that the 5 bottles we found are from 3 different companies in production between the 1840’s and 1940’s. Here is where it gets more interesting for us personally… Back in 2005, Natalia and I went on our honeymoon to Quebec City where we stayed at a nice little boutique hotel in the old part of the city. Auberge Saint-Antoine also has an interesting historical story itself. When the excavation for the hotel started, they too discovered bottles from the past! Not only bottles of course, it turned out to be a full out archaeological project.
Here is the description from the website:
“Auberge Saint-Antoine is located in Québec City’s Old Port, on Îlot Hunt, a historically significant property situated just opposite the majestic St. Lawrence River. As a result, the Auberge is an integral part of Québec City’s history. In its early days, the Îlot Hunt property was used as a wharf, then a cannon battery, and then by British merchants when Québec City was one of North America’s biggest ports. Each of the three buildings and structures still standing today boasts great historical significance.
During the construction of Auberge Saint-Antoine, a final large-scale archaeological dig was held that led to the discovery of a number of new artifacts, some of which date back to the 1600s. The objects discovered shed new light on a part of Québec City’s history. These precious items were documented and restored by the conservation centre in order to be displayed in the hotel.”
As a side note, when we were deciding on the bathroom light fixtures we knew that we wanted a reminder of our experience. Here is a photo from the hotel bathroom we stayed at and our ensuite with the same lights (sort of).
Now, back to our story. When the hotel discovered all of these artifacts, they decided to showcase them throughout the hotel. Here are some photos:
So of course we decided to do the same. We had the perfect place to put them above our fridge in the kitchen:
Now onto the history of these bottles from left to right:
1900 to 1944: Capital Brewing Co. Ltd, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1840’s to 1920’s: John Kilner & Sons, England
History: http://www.brothersfive.ca/sb_kilner_brothers.html and http://www.gracesguide.co.uk/Kilner_Brothers
1913 to 1920: Pilgrim Mineral Water Co, Ltd, Brockville, Ontario, Canada
Here is a photo from this site:
Here is a close up of the one from 50 Gordon:
Once we are all set up in the house, we will be posting photos of the final product … stay tuned!