Treasures in Lewes to host Yank & Limey Seaglass Aug. 17
Treasures, 116 Second St. in historic downtown Lewes, will host a special weekend event from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, hosting Yank & Limey Seaglass, as seen at the Mid-Atlantic Seaglass Festival in Lewes.
Yank & Limey Seaglass is 100 percent genuine, meaning it was found in the exact condition, shape and form that it now has. Most of the seaglass was found on the northeast coast of England. These icy shores are home to many rare colors because of the former location of the Candlish Glass Factory. Tumbled and washed, tossed and broken by the waves, what was once a bottle or a plate, a taillight or a water pitcher, is now sea glass, the gems found amongst the shells and sand.
Between the 1870s and 1930s, laws were passed in the UK that required bottles containing poison to be brightly colored and made of colors that people could quickly distinguish as poison. At the time, many people being illiterate, it was essential that the color and shape of the bottle clearly indicated that it contained a dangerous substance. Often there was a pattern or embossed lettering on the bottles as indication also. Bottles in colors such as cobalt blue, honey amber, black and bright emerald green were produced. These unique shades of color also became recognizable as containing substances for the public to be wary of. More decorative colors, shades of aqua, orange, yellow, red and more were used for ink bottles, as it was realized that these too were in fact poisons if consumed. At the end of the day multis, exclusive to England, were formed.
The Candlish glass and bottle works in Seaham, England, was the source of most of the glass discovered on the beaches below the factory site. When in operation, the bottle and glass houses formed the largest glass production facility in Europe and the U.S. and exported glass products across the world. Seaham and the adjoining beaches, nearly 100 years after the closing of the factory, have become a rich source of sea glass
“We have had such an interest in sea glass jewelry, I wanted to be able to offer a wide variety to our customers at one time,” says Treasures owner Michiko Seto.
Pieces are drilled by hand in their original state. Designer Ashley McHale does not alter the sea glass in any way beyond drilling the hole. In her designs, she likes to be very simple, using only select sterling silver accents so as to not take away from the actual sea glass itself. She also likes to use the vivid and rare colors of the UK sea glass Her favorite thing is to sit and wonder what each piece used to be, where it came from and who once owned it.
Treasures is open daily at 10 a.m. and extended evening hours in the summer season are Monday through Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 6 p.m. To learn more call 302-644-1660.