Sea Glass – Treasure Of A Different Kind

By Carol Fezuk

This article was written in The Best Places In Town Complimentary Summer/Fall 08 edition.

The Southern Delaware resort are will welcome Sea glass lovers from around the world on October 11th and 12th 2008, when the Third Annual North American Sea Glass Festival commences at the Virden Conference Center on the University of Delaware campus in Lewes.

This year, with ever-increasing numbers of sea glass professionals and treasure hunters looking to connect, the Festival hopes to draw an even larger international audience of collectors, artisans, nationally-known authors, and basic beachcombers interested in swapping sea glass stories; exhibiting their art and craftsmanship and sharing their tiny treasures with others of like mind.

According to the festival’s local contact, Michele Buckler owner of Sand N Stones, Delaware & Nature Shop in Lewes , “In addition to lectures and seminars, the international ‘Shard of the Year’ contest will be held, awarding a $1,000.00 cash prize to the collector with the most rare and desirable piece of sea glass,” Last year’s SOTY contest, sponsored by the North American Sea Glass Association (NASGA), attracted  over 900 entries, with a rare orange hear shape shard of sea glass taking home the prize money.

“Some of this year’s festival exhibitors are really rather renowned- they’ve been featured on popular television shows like The Today Show, Martha Steward Living, and in the Washington Post…” says Richard LaMotte, author of Pure Sea Glass and NASGA Vice President- a.k.a. The founding father of the Sea Glass community. LaMotte expects over 2,500 attendees, artists, and collectors at this year’s festival. Visitors from destinations in Europe, Canada and the United States including California, Hawaii, and Washington will converge on the first town in the First State for this unique event.

According to the organization’s website , NASGA was formed by a group of professional sea glass collector, authors, artisan and retailers. Their primary goal is to establish a community of informed collectors and sellers of sea glass that is educated on the characteristics and significance, properties and benefits of genuine, pure, sea glass.

In order to maintain the value of genuine beach sea glass, through education, NASGA also established guidelines to differentiate genuine from fake sea glass and standard to which to grade and appraise sea glass.

Real vs Fake Sea Glass?

Genuine sea glass is formed when vintage glass, (beer, water, pharmaceutical bottles, jars, and other vessels) enter the ocean waters through shipwrecks and other natural disasters like hurricanes or an all-too-familiar Delaware Nor’easter. As the glass surface weakens for the action of water, waves and tide it breaks into shards. It is further subjected to corrosive elements, pitting, other natural forces and tumbling actions, yielding pure sea glass with its unique look.

This process can take from fifty to one hundred years, finally producing a quality shard with the customary pores, frost, and luster.

Fake/faux sea glass is created quickly by tumbling or etching by mechanical means and seldom has uneven texture because of the tumbler’s uniformity of design. Modern glass’s chemical etching leaves no pores. Even though fake/faux sea glass has a certain appeal and is less expensive to purchase, it does not have the beauty or value of naturally formed sea glass.

It’s All About the Color

The most common glass bottle colors in the 1800’s were blue-green, green, and brown glass. But by the 1900’s new technology introduced color removing additives and clear glass became the rage.

However, after years of sun exposure the once clear glass turns a subtle arrays of pastel colors like lavender and pale yellow. Orange and red are two of the rarest colors of sea glass.

Supply and demand also helped to make certain colored glass extremely rare for collectors. For instance, in the making of red glass gold ore was added as an ingredient in the glass recipe. Gold was, (and still is!) an expensive ingredient so it was used sparingly. Yellow is also a rare color because the selenium, silver, and uranium dioxide used in the recipe were also costly and scarce ingredients for glass production.

Other unusual, hard to come by sea glass colors are: amber, black, cobalt and cornflower blue, gray, jade green, opaque whites, pink, teal, turquoise, yellow-green, soft greens and purples.

In his book Pure Sea Glass, Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems  LaMotte categorizes sea glass colors by rarity. He list as extremely rare: orange, red, turquoise, yellow, black, teal and gray. On his rare are: pink, aqua, cornflower blue, cobalt blue, opaque white, citron, and purple/amethyst. Listed as uncommon are: soft green, soft blue, forest green, lime green, golden amber, amber and jade. And finally the common colors: Kelly green, brown, white (clear).

The book’s color rating scale is based on an intensive study of more than 30,000 pieces of sea glass. It enables readers to determine the rarity of each piece in their own collection.  Pure Sea Glass is available in Lewes at Cape Henlopen State Park/Seaside Nature Center, Sand N Stones and Packard  Reath Gallery; in Dewey at A Way of Life, The Indian River Life Saving Station, and Books and Coffee; or in Rehoboth Beach at Odysea and Browse about Books.

Where Does It Come From?

The most common source of sea glass is mass produced glass bottles for the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some collectors consider collection sea glass, “a form of archaeology” since these vintage relics lay under water for hundreds of years.

Discovered on beaches in shifting tides, where heavy shipping traffic occurred, these well-worn glass pieces pounded by nature’s elements, can resemble precious gems with frosted surfaces, rounded edges, and an interesting range of colors. Turn-of-the-century coastal resort areas with their abundance of tourists and their trash are and excellent source for sea glass.

Tips for Beginning Your Sea Glass Hunt

Ask about ships that wrecked offshore and where the popular beaches from the 1800-1900’s were located. Seek out nautical charts and local maps to locate channels near accessible shorelines.

Talk to waterman. Ask about where the high shipping traffic occurred, circa 1900. Once you have narrowed your “collection zones, it’s best to look for sea glass during full or new moons, particularly in the fall and in early spring after wind and waves have washed up pebbles, shells, and sea glass over the beaches. Remember to scavenge the high- and low-tide lines where stones or pebbles have gathered into beds. To protect your back, pack a stick or shovel to sift through the fertile zones.

Perhaps most important: don’t tell others where you think you’ll find your best sea glass treasure or it may be snatched away before you get to it! Happy Hunting.


The North American Sea glass Festival has grown significantly, since the Lewes Festival. It is the biggest authentic Sea Glass Festival to date, and is held in a different part of the United States each year. To Find Out More about the Sea Glass Festival. go to their website North American Sea Glass and follow them on Facebook/seaglassassociation.

The 2008 The North American Sea Glass Festival was a huge success  in Lewes, so much so, that the Lewes Historical Society started a  yearly Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival which takes place towards the end of June each year.

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Why is it important for me to know the Gemstone Moh’s Scale of Mineral Hardness?

I have been working on my website lately and have been including the Moh Scale of Hardness as part of the description. My father was looking over my website, and asked me what the Moh Scale was. I tried to explain it to him, and thought maybe you would like to know as well. It is important to know the Moh Scale for jewelry to determine how durable the stone is, and how you would wear the piece of jewelry. For example you may not want to wear a soft stone as ring, since we are usually hard on our hands and a soft stone would scratch easily, but you could wear a softer stone as earrings.

In 1812 the Moh’s scale of mineral hardness was devised by the German mineralogist Frederich Mohs (1773-1839). He selected the ten minerals because they were common or readily available. The scale is not a linear scale, but somewhat arbitrary.

Some minerals are very soft; others are very hard. The degree of hardness is an aid in identifying the minerals. Diamonds are harder than quartz and will therefore scratch quartz, quartz will scratch calcite, calcite will scratch gypsum, and so on. To help identify minerals, geologists have assigned numbers to the hardness of several minerals. In this hardness scale, the softer minerals are assigned a low number and the harder minerals a higher number.

In the field, an easy way of estimating the hardness of a mineral is by trying to scratch it with common objects such as a fingernail with a hardness of 2.5, a penny is the hardness of a 3, or a pocketknife, hardness 5.5. Glass has a hardness of slightly less than 6 and will scratch most minerals. Anything on the Moh’s scale that is less than a 7 is easily scratched.

Hardness Mineral Associations and Uses

2.5- Fingernail,
2.5-3 -Gold, Silver
3 -Copper penny
4-4.5 -Platinum
4-5- Iron
5.5- Knife blade
6-7- Glass
6.5- Iron pyrite
7+- Hardened steel file

To test a mineral for hardness, try to scratch it with one of these common objects. For example, a sample can be scratched by the knife (H=5.5) but NOT by the penny (H=3). Therefore, the sample has a hardness of about 4. Using other property tests that you will learn in lab, you then determine that the mineral is calcite.

The Moh’s Scale of Mineral Hardness goes as follows….

1 is Talc- Talcum powder.
2 is Gypsum- Plaster of Paris. Gypsum is formed when seawater evaporates from the Earth’s surface
3 is Calcite- Limestone and most shells contain calcite
4 is Fluorite- Fluorine in fluorite prevents tooth decay.
5 is Apatite- When you are hungry you have a big “appetite”.
6 is Orthoclase- Orthoclase is a feldspar, and in German, “feld” means “field
7 is Quartz
8 is Topaz- The November birthstone. Emerald and aquamarine are varieties of beryl with a hardness of 8.
9 is Corundum- Corundum Sapphire and ruby are varieties of corundum. Twice as hard as topaz.
10 is Diamond- Used in jewelry and cutting tools. Four times as hard as corundum

Sea glass is on a Moh scale of a 6-7 and that is why I do not recommend sea glass for rings. We are extremely hard on our hands and wrist and tend to bang them around, and as we all know glass will break. I do recommend using seaglass in pendants or in earrings.

Delaware Bay Diamonds are clear quartz crystals and have a Moh scale of a 7 and is fine to make jewelry out of.

How to Perform the Test

1. Select a fresh surface
2. Hold the sample and attempt to scratch it with the point of an object of known hardness, start at the higher (harder) end of the scale and work down. In this example, we use a sharp quartz crystal (Hardness = 6)
3. Press the object firmly but lightly against the unknown sample
4. If the test object is harder, you should see and feel a definite “bite” into the sample
5. Inspect for an etched line
In this case, we notice a deep scratch in the sample, which indicates it’s hardness is less than 6 . Repeat several times, always with a sharp point and a fresh surface.

From the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

You Might Be A Rockhound If….

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You Might Be A Rockhound If…

You Might Be A Rockhound If…

  • You think you KNOW how to pronounce “chalcedony.”
  • You are thinking about giving out specimens for Halloween.
  • You planted flowers in your rock garden.
  • You purchase things like drywall compound just to have another nice bucket to carry rocks in.
  • The club you belong to uses rocks for centerpieces for the annual Christmas dinner.
  • The first thing you pack for your vacation is a chisel and a hammer.
  • You spend hours and hours in the ugliest room in your house.
  • You give directions like, “turn right at the green farmhouse …”
  • You bought the ugliest boots available because they were waterproof.
  • You know what “findings” are for.
  • You watch the scenery in movies instead of the actors.
  • They won’t give you time off from work to attend the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, but you go anyway.
  • You begin fussing because the light strips you installed on your bookshelves aren’t full spectrum.
  • You’ve spent more than ten dollars for a rock.
  • You’ve spent more than ten dollars for a book about rocks.
  • You still think pet rocks are a pretty neat idea.
  • You have amethyst in your aquarium.
  • You associate the word “hard” with a value on the Mohs scale instead of “work.”
  • You know the location of every rock shop within a 100-mile radius of your home.
  • You’re retired and still thinking of adding another room to your house.
  • You’re planning on using a pick and shovel while you’re on vacation.
  • You bring your entire rock collection into Sand N Stones to have made into jewelry.

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Lewes, Delaware Insignia

As you are driving around town or stroll down Second Street Downtown Historic Lewes, Delaware you may have noticed a new twist to the Lewes Coat Of Arms, which hang from the flag poles in the Spring. 

The big white house at 112 Front Street is located in a town that is humming with history. It is the home of  Sand N Stones, Delaware and Nature Shop owned by Michele Buckler.

Michele designs and crafts wire-framed jewelry. Typically customers in her shop pick out the stone from among hundreds of different semi-precious stones in her collection and she custom wraps in silver or gold wire to form a pendant, pin, earrings, or ring. Upon researching her craft, Michele discovered roots in some of her designs in the 17th century Holland.  To commemorate Lewes’ Dutch heritage, she designed a ring made entirely of wire using a braided pattern from this time period.

Marsha Holler is a graphic artist who like to say all her designs tell a story.  When Michele mentioned she had an idea for a graphic design that brought together Lewes’ Dutch English and American heritage, the ladies brought it quickly to life.

The earliest European settlers of the Sussex County coast were 32 Dutch men who arrived aboard the ship “Walvis” in April 1631. They called the spot Swanendael, later spelled Zwaanendael, or Valley of the Swans. The second settlers called the place Hoorn, after their home in Holland. The name changed often  in the beginning. In 1682, Delaware was conveyed to William Penn by the English Duke of York and Lewes received its present name in honor of the town of the town of the same name in England. It is pronounced Loo-iss.

The Coat of Arms that the City of Lewes uses on its police cruisers and on City Hall is actually from Lewes, East Sussex,  England. It’s origins date back to the Norman Conquest a thousand years ago.  The gold and blue checkers are the arms of the de Warenne family who held the Barony of Lewes from the time of the Norman Conquest until 1347, when the last de Warenne died.

A nephew, Richard Fitz Alan, Earl of Arundel, succeeded to the barony and added the gold lion on the red ground. The introduction of the silver crosslets has never been satisfactorily explained
they will probably remain a subject for speculation.

Tulips, like wooden shoes and windmills, are known all over the world as an emblem of the Netherlands. The humble flowering bulb had its origins in Persia and began trading throughout Europe The tulips were soon distributed throughout Holland. This was the beginning of the Dutch bulb business. Early in the 17th century, rich Dutchmen, Englishmen, and Frenchmen were competing with each other for these prize status symbols. Tulip appreciation became tulip-love, which then became what has come to be known as tulip-mannia.

Tulips were first sold in the 17th Century Netherlands by way of trade from Turkey and Russia. Where they had been cultivated for a long time. New varieties developed quickly including ones with flame like petals that were a result of disease.  Whether solid color or patterned, their relative ease of cultivation made the demand for tulips far greater than the supply.  Thus the “Tulip-mania” phenomena where ridiculously high prices were commanded for bulbs of the once humble wild tulip lower from Central Asia. The Netherlands are still today, after almost 400 years still identified with growing and supplying the world with the greatest variety of tulips.

Crawling on the tulip is a lady bug. Millie Rust-Brown’s second grade class from Lulu Ross Elementary School in Milford, Delaware studied state insects, and discovered that Delaware did not have a state insect. After much discussion, the class wrote then-governor Sherman Tribbertt with the request that the Ladybug become Delaware’s State Insect. With the help of some local high schoolers they took it to the Legislators.  Rep. Lewis B. Harrington introduced the House bill number 667, on March 9, 1974. On April 25,1974 the Ms. Brown’s class dressed up as ladybugs, and walked the halls of Leg Hall.  The vote was unanimous the lady bug was adopted as our state bug.

The idea of combining these three elements the Lewes Coat of Arms, the tulip and the ladybug to form a visual link to Lewes’ past. Separately it is just a shield, a flower, and a bug, but after reading about Delaware’s and Lewes’ fascinating past the three elements are symbolic.  The shield is official governance, the tulip is agriculture and the ladybug is natural beauty; all still present in Lewes.”

The inspired graphic design is available on various merchandise exclusively at Sand N Stones.  Lewes Insignia was designed and  Copyrighted by Michele J. Buckler in 2006. In 2010 it became the official Logo for the Lewes Chamber of Commerce’s  Tulip Festival.

The Coat of Arms is seen  throughout Lewes in many diffrent places. It was first used by Col. David Hall Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in the early 1950’s when they used the seal to mark historical significant buildings in the History of Lewes, Delaware. The History of Lewes Delaware book was published in 1956 and a revised edition appeared in 1981. The Chapter requested permission to use the Coat of Arms from the official of Lewes, East Sussex, England. The Police and Fire Department as well as City Hall all use the Coat of Arms in Lewes, Delaware.

The City Flag of Lewes also uses the Coat of Arms Seal  in the center of the flag. The flags blue and white background also has some historic significance. The original Lewes, Delaware settlers traveled from the Netherlands town of Hoorn in the North Holland province.  The Hoorn’s people first sailed South to the town of Veere, in the Zeeland Province. The flags background was adopted from the flag of Zeeland Province, (its name translated is “sea land”) since the Zeeland people share the affinity for the love of the sea.  The Hoorn’s people established the town of Lewes, Delaware in 1631.

The flag was designed by Alan Keffer a Lewes, DE resident. The flag was first used it 1991 and copyrighted in 1993 and was officially sanctioned as the city flag of Lewes, Delaware in 2005.  Resource Lewes Delaware, Celebrating 375 years of History, by Kevin N Moore page 19 ISBN 0974899887

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2011 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival

Presented by the Lewes Historical Society in Lewes, Delaware

Like collecting shells, fossils, or stones, ‘combing shorelines for sea glass is a hobby many beach-goers and beachcombers enjoy. Hobbyists often fill decorative jars with their collections and take great pleasure in sourcing out a shard’s original origin. Artisans craft beautiful, much sought after pieces of jewelry, stained glass and other decorative items from sea glass.

Sea glass can be found all over the world, but the beaches of the northeast United States, California, northwest England, Mexico, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Nova
Scotia, Italy and southern Spain are famous for their bounty of sea glass, bottles, bottle lips and stoppers, art glass, marbles, and pottery shards. The best times to look are during spring tides and during the first low tide after a storm.

Shards may also evidence a frosted side and a shiny side, most likely because they are pieces broken off from larger glass objects still embedded in mud, silt or clay, which are only slowly being exposed by wave action and erosion.

Sea glass has become a very collectible item in recent years and natural sea glass is becoming difficult to find.  Due to the decline in naturally occurring sea glass because of greater environmental awareness, it is becoming more expensive and harder to find.

In addition to artisans from across the nation coming to Lewes with fabulous sea glass jewelry, art and decorative pieces, lectures will be given on Saturday about sea glass collecting, photograph and local maritime history.

In 2010 The Lewes Historical Society hosted the first Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival attracting over 3,000 visitors to the event. The great sea glass artists will be joined by other coastal artists including decoy carvers and other waterfowl artists.

Hours for Artisans:

Saturday June 25, 2011  9 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the  Historic Complex, Second & Shipcarpenter St. Lewes, Delaware

Sunday June 26, 2011   9 a.m. till 3 p.m. at the Historic Complex,  Second & Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, Delaware

Where over 30+ Artisans from across the country, will be  displaying their wares for sale.

Speakers: To be announced

I just found out that….. Due to scheduling issues, the 2011 Sea Glass Speakers Series has been canceled. We regret any inconvience.

Around Town:

Members from the Delmarva Antique Bottle Club will be on hand to help identify shards and their possible bottle origin.  A shard exhibit and identification session will be held in the Midway School House at the Historical Complex.

Sea Glass Festival Package available at the Inn at Canal Square    302-644-3377

R and L Liquors will be offering Sea Glass Wine tasting on Saturday

M.E.R.R. will be set up in the 1812 Canal Park, for the 2nd Annual Wildlife Donation Drive.

Sand N Stones will be hosting Mark’s Delmarvalous Kettle-Korn and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, from Mark’s Kettle-Korn and Lemonade, on the Corner of 112 Front Street and the Lewes Post Office. Don’t forget to stop by Sand N Stones during the festival.

Holly will be there on Saturday selling local Delmarva beach glass.  She has some true treasures please come by and check them out. If you have any pieces of Sea Glass that you own and  would like to have wrapped, Michele will be inside Sand N Stones wire wrapping.

Advanced Tickets  will be for sale at  Sand N Stones and The Ryves Holt House Museum Shop beginning Memorial Day 2011. Passes are $5 and are good for both days of the show;  passes will enable the bearer to avoid the lines to enter the events.

This is an Annual  Lewes Historical Society Event, which takes place Last Weekend of June.

If you like this event you may also like the North American Sea Glass Association’s Festival

Pictures from 2010’s festival complements of, Gary de Blois, Seaglass Journal

19th Annual Delmarva Antique Bottle, Sea Glass Show has been canceled for 2011

The Beachcombing Conference

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Photographing on Delmarva

I have been interested in photography since I was in grade school.  My both my Mother and Father are shutter bugs.  My mother gave up photography  several years ago due to some heath issues,  but my father is still out there photographing, underwater as well as on land, and teaching Photoshop.  There are people who come into my store that are interested in Photography from hobbyist to professionals. I have the opportunity to speak to many of them about photography. Some give me wonderful nuggets of information.

Many people ask me where are my favorite places to go shooting? There are so many wonderful spots to take pictures here on Delmarva   If you like wildlife and nature here are just a few of my favorites.

If you like architecture, Delmarva has many historic and quaint little towns, that are great to go photographing in, a few of my favorites are.

  • Lewes Delaware
  • Easton Maryland
  • St. Micheals, Maryland
  • Chestertown, Maryland

Don’t forget that Delmarva  Peninsula is a large peninsula on the East Coast of the United States, occupied by Delaware and a small part of Maryland and Virginia. It’s also close to alot of other great places which are just a couple of hours away such as D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey.

I just found a new blog that many of my photography friends may be interested in… DelMarVa Fhoto Forum and The Perfect Tyme.

May I suggest that you join a  camera clubs in the area which you live, in Delaware we have two that I am aware of

  1. Coastal Camera Club in Lewes,
  2. Delaware Photographic Society
  3. Apogee Internet Photography Magazine Photography Clubs

Judy Rolde has been offering photography classes and workshops on Delmarva since 2004.  Some of her class include Digital Photography 101, Digital Intermediate, Digital Workflow, and Digital One On One.  Delmarva Photo Safari  to unique locations in the Delmarva area where photographers learn new skills while enjoying and affordable getaway. She takes people on 2 hour/ less than a mile  Photo Walks  combine historic ommentary with creative photography tips. Digital Phtography Expeditions, and Photo Scavenger Hunts.

Horizon Photography Workshops

There  are also photography workshop at the Ward Museum in January, Kevin Fleming will be doing a presentation. Art in Nature Photography Competition
August 12, 13 & 14, 2011  The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University

There is a Tulip Festival April 15 and 16, 2011 in Lewes, DE which has a photo contest associated with it. For more info on the photo contest please check Lewes Chamber of Commerce

Delmarva on View Photography Contest sponsored by the Lewes  Public Library

Just a few ideas. If we band together, you may be able to car port with each other, and some of the events offer discounted group rates. Go For it! I hope to see you there!

I have been asked many times if I have any of my photographs on-line?  my reply has been no, scared of the right-click thing. I asked a professional photographer one day what he does to get his work to be seen?  He told me about Zenfolio.

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Glass from the Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck

In 1774, Captain James Hathorn was sailing a cargo ship from Bristol, England to Philadelphia. PA. It was carrying goods the colonists would need, including household items and building supplies.  The ship ran into a nor’easter and ran aground. It was reported that the crew survived. However, on May 11, 1774 the Pennsylvania Gazette reported that the Severn was “ashore in our bay full of water and is thought will be lost.”

It was not until the Fall of 2004 while the U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers were doing some beach replenishment, a dredge sucked up many old artifacts and scattered it along the Lewes beach. Several beachcombers started finding these artifacts.

The State contracted The Southeastern Archaeological Research Inc., to explore the site and see if they could determine anything about the shipwreck and where these items originated. Some of the item found were….

*Mineral water (bottled by the “Selters” who is still in business today) shipped in trademarked stoneware bottles.

*Case Bottles from Great Britain and Europe. Square case bottles that fit into a partitioned box which held a variety of liquors and strong spirits.

*Round Bottle Glass, from Great Britain and Europe. It was used to hold a variety of liquids. Many were shipped empty to be reused.

*Some of the bottle shards that were traced to Groot Constantia, the oldest surviving winery in South Africa. The shards, bearing the embossed words, “Constantia Wyn,” Bottles embossed with this emblem were used in the period 1760 to 1840 and came from a farm currently known as Groot Constantia.

In 2005, in commemoration of the 320th anniversary of the founding of the estate, Groot Constantia introduced Grand Constance, a commemorative dessert wine similar in style to the wine that made the estate famous in the 18th century, and similar to the wine that was found in the Roosevelt Inlet’s Shipwreck’s cargo.

The winery is further exploring its association with Delaware. According to Naudé, the company has changed its packaging of Grand Constance, fashioning a bottle shape used in the late 18th century, and embossing with a replica of the “Constantia Wyn” emblem that was found in the Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck. The wine, which is individually packed in a wooden box, includes an information sheet that covers its Delaware story. The repackaged wine will also be sold in the United States today.

*Other items found were personal items such as buttons, tobacco pipes, several pewter shoe buckle frames were found at site, not only did they secure the wearer’s shoes but they also were a fashion statement.

*Household, kitchen, and dining wares, such as German Blue-Grey Stoneware, Tin Glazed Earthenware, Red Earthenware, and German Brown Stoneware.

*Building Supplies such as window glass, slate roof tile, ceramic tile, bricks and nails.

*Also decorative metal objects inset with pressed glass stones most likely a pin or broach.  were found.

Approximately 56,000 artifacts from Lewes Beach have been donated to the Delaware Department of State. A large selection of artifacts recovered from the Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck site are on display at the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Delaware.

According to The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs (HCA) the shipwrecks origin remains uncertain, as the critical architectural components of the wreck are missing. The vessel, is thought to be the remains of the British commercial ship possibly the Severn, which would be the oldest-known shipwreck discovered in Delaware waters. The wreck site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 16, 2006.

From a sea glass collector’s  perspective the glass that washes up on the Lewes Beach that I have found is not like most sea glass. It is very thin and has an olive green color with a thin iridescent covering that flakes off when dry. It is said to be caused by the minerals in the ocean water. It’s a kind of erosion or deposit, most likely a deposit. To preserve this unique quality, I spray a clear top coat protective finish over the glass, which will darken it about one shade.

That was not the only Severn that found trouble in Delaware Waters. On April 8, 1918 the tug, Eastern left New York for Norfolk Virginia with three barges, including the Merrimac, built in 1906 weighing 640 tons and the Severn a much smaller barge. A day after leaving New York the tug encountered stormy seas near the Delaware Cape and headed for safety of the Delaware Breakwater. By night fall the storm was getting worse. The Eastern, the Merrimac, and the Severn all tried to weather the storm but by morning the decision was made to “let go stern” meaning that the barges would be cut free and drop anchor to hold their own. However, the anchor was not set in time and the Merrimac and the Severn drifted ashore towards Rehoboth Beach. The Merrimac beached and was badly damaged. The tug was able to free the Severn and they continued their journey.


Bridget Warner, Site Supervisor, Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Delaware

Shipwrecks of the Delaware Coast, Tales of Pirates Squalls & Treasure by Pam George

Saving Delaware History, Historical and Cultural Affairs Doc number 20-06-10-03-04

Saving Delaware History, Historical and Cultural Affairs Doc number 20-06-08-03-01

Lewes Shipwreck, the Severn, gives up her secrets, by Henry J. Evans Jr, Cape Gazette Staff

The Roosevelt Inlet Shipwreck: Identification, Analysis, and Historical Context, A thesis by Bridget Christine McVae


Delaware history: Lewes shipwreck site a window into 1770s economy

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World Oceans Day

June 8th

World Oceans Day, June 8

I was looking through one of the books that I sell in the storeThe World is Blue, How Our Fate And The Ocean’s Are One   by Sylvia A Earle. Ms Earle is an oceanographer and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. In her book she talks about how  we have learned more about our oceans in the last 50 years, than ever before. She states that the changes that the ocean has endured has threatened the existence of life on Earth. How the planet is about to be on an irreversible environmental crisis, not just from the recent oil spill  but also from wasteful fishing, pollution, and global warming.   She offers suggestions and solutions that we need to act on now,  before it is too late.

 I am very much a nature lover. I have  lived around the ocean my whole live,  and have spent countless hours either playing in surf, snorkeling with the dolphins, photographing the shore birds, picking up sea glass, shells, or beach pebbles. After looking through the book, I began to think about how the water world and the land world are very connected. Not only by the animals that live in both land and sea, but also the food that we eat, the air that we breathe, and the relaxation and enjoyment that we get from beach combing.

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Sailor’s Wristlet

The decorative weave in the Sailor’s wristlet was used in Turk’s Head Knots in sailing ship days. Traditionally the wristlets were made out of a cotton rope and waved. They were allowed to shrink on the wearer’s wrist to a snug fit.  It is said that they would wear the wristlet in case if they fell overboard, it would aid the rescuers from their hands slipping off of the person in the water.

Today, it is a great memento from the beach, and always reminds me of summer.  I remember as a child, my parents would always get me one to mark the  beginning of the summer.  The night before school started it was a tradition to cut it off, and only my tan line would remain.

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Sea Glass Drops

I found the pink drop  a couple a years ago on a beach in Delaware. I was not sure what it came from. It  measures about 2 cm long and about 3/4 cm tall, it is perfectly flat on the underside and a dome shape on top, almost like a glass button. It does not have any holes, nor does it look like a shank had been broken or worn off.  I show it to Richard LaMotte, the author of Pure Sea Glass. At first he thought it may be one of those “fake” sea glass pieces that you would find in a craft store or at Walmart, but he had never seen them in that color. So than he thought that it was possibly from a piece of jewelry that someone possibly had lost. This made since to me since we use glass today in alot of jewelry.

Last week someone came in and wanted to know about a piece of sea glass that her late husband found while out scuba diving. When I saw it, it appeared to be very close in shape to mine, however, it was a beautiful blue-green, a color that I had not seen glass done in before. I did not measure it nor did I take a picture of it. I told her what LaMotte told me.

Than two days later, while at the Delmarva Antique Bottle and Sea Glass Club one of the members showed me the green piece of glass that is pictured. She found it close to where I found mine, in Delaware. The green is like the Kelly Green color, about 1 3/4 of a cm and about 3/4 of a cm tall.

All three pieces have a nice frosting on the top.  I have the pink one in my shop, Sand N Stones for everyone to see. I want to know if anyone else have found any of these while beach-combing, or know anything else about them? I would love to hear your thoughts or comments.

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Sea Glass gum drops
Sea Glass Gum Drops underside
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