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    Saratoga Vichy, Beers, Meds and 9 feet of dirt!!

    Hello all glass hounds. I hope you are finding some glass and enjoying spring as much as possible. Got a nice permission to do a circa 1886 house. First pit we did was from around 1910-20. Found a few things. A lot of glass was in the pit but pretty common stuff. Still cool as heck to dig this era as well as the older stuff.

    So the next few days I was dreaming of older things to be dug in the privy right behind the newer one. Spring turned back into winter and it was 45 degrees with a constant 25 mile an hour wind. Ugh when will spring be here to stay. But we decided to go tackle this one. Thinking it was going to be a 6 foot pit as my 6 foot probe hit glass at max depth I thought to myself I was tapping the top of the use layer. So down we go.

    The very first thing we find is the gas line!!!!! What the heck. I had the property marked by the utilities company. Always do. They missed this one. Glad I didnít slice it even though it may not be in use anymore. Freaked out a bit there. It was far enough out of the way so down we went. Very first bottle to come out at 2 feet down was a beautiful Forest green unembossed one. Looks just like a Loewís Celebrated Bitters. Heavy and just a cool color. A great start Iíd say.

    Then a few shovels later and up pops three mug based hutch bottles. Awesome stuff and now I know Iím in the 1800s era. We keep on blasting down through some sand cap areas intermixed with rusty barrel bands and gutter pieces. Then at the 6 foot layer where my probe struck the glass it was game on. The top of the use layer begins. I see a small base off a bottle sticking from the side wall. I pull on it to see itís heavily embossed. Comes out and I see itís a 1/2 pint Saratoga Vichy Spouting Springs mineral water. First Iíve ever seen. Awesome neat little bottle. Continued down to find numerous slick meds and a small International Medical Association amber bottle. Then we started hitting some slick whiskey flasks and jojo style flasks. And on to the beer bottles. At around 8 feet we started pulling out some pretty darn rare shards of broken beers. Circa 1885 or so we finally were able to pull out several nice embossed quarts and a nice pint blob. Most we have never heard of here. So what a great pit that ended up around 9 feet deep. Some odds and ends to finish up the pit made for one heck of a day. Canít wait to go back out again and hit the other two in the same yard. Enjoy the pictures. Goodluck and stay safe out there folks. JgasClick image for larger version. 

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    JGAS

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    Nice digs as usualI really like the Dr. Pierces med, I have dug his bigger meds but never seen one of those......sweet.
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    Wow, man. Those are some great digs!
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    That is some amazing stuff .The very best of my entire lifetime look pale compared to one day of digging in "one great pit " .I think i will go digging myself today just to see some glass even if it is broken
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    Some cleaned up from that pit. Click image for larger version. 

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    Canít find much on the International Medical Association. I like the embossing tho. Thanks for the replies. Good luck glass with the digs. Good vibes sent your way. Jgas
    JGAS

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    WOW! Does the square bottle have a pontil mark? I found a square bottom of similar color with pontil mark on the beach.
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    The green square is smooth based. I think itís a Loews celebrated bitters and nerve tonic that had a paper label. Jgas.
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    JGAS

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    Another great pit, jgas. I love that glass pitcher!
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    Great digs, that's a lot of dirt to move, well done. Great finds...
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    very nice really like the pictures and the story thanks
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    Thanks for sharing your adventure with some great finds . Nothing better than digging for treasure .
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    That pit paid off for you. Those are some cool finds
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    jgas i just gotta have that green twist neck boozer/bitters please. I just gotta have it. PM if you want to unload it. And please tell us more and show more pics of that stupendous broke pitcher, thats a keeper if it displays at all. Thanks....
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    jgas i'm probably wrong but that little vichy might be rare, never seen one so small, looks like a beer bottle 12 oz or so. epackage knows i bet.
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    That would be a blast that many cool bottles wow Great day I like the old metal toy thats really cool. Great job ........Tommy

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