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bottles and bits Dave Blauvelt


I’m David Blauvelt, a New Jersey-based relic hunter that kayaks, wades, and hikes in and around local streams, rivers, and lakes searching for remnants of the past.

I’ve always been interested in history, but it wasn’t until I pulled a 1903 embossed bottle from a local river that kickstarted my passion for searching for local historical treasures. Antique toys, victorian jewelry, clay pipes, and of course, mouth-blown bottles are just some of the hundreds of notable items that I’ve recovered over the years. Being the first person to hold an object since it was lost or discarded over a century ago is an incredible feeling and the driving force behind my recovery efforts.

When I'm not hunting for relics I can be found teaching art to high school students or working on something creative. 

Bottles and bits Dave Blauvelt
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“There comes a time in every rightly constructed

boy's life when he has a raging desire to go

somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.”

- Mark Twain

WM. H. Earl Newton, N.J.
WM. H. Earl Newton, N.J.

This is the bottle that started it all. This antique 1903 WM. H. EARL bottle was my first treasure find. William Earl was a hotel and cafe owner on Spring Street in Newton, NJ (pictured here). He operated his 26-room hotel from 1897 until his death in 1925. 

1903 Earl
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