1890's Blob-Top Beer Bottle Found While Exploring New Location + Other Stuff Too!

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Today I went on a fun and exhausting adventure exploring a very inhospitable land long forgotten by time. A few things from over 100 years ago lay plainly visible on the surface in some places while in other places I had to dig through thick mud to get to them.

Here's a picture of all the day's finds still in the field:
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The bottles are as follows in order from left to right:
1. H. Straehle of New Rochelle, N.Y.
2. Citrate of Magnesia
3. Theo Young of 165th & 166th St Union Ave N.Y.
4. Bailis Bros. of Mt. Vernon Registered 1929
5. Mt. Vernon Dairy Co. Inc. of Irvington, N.J.
6. Coca-Cola of New Bern, North Carolina
7. There's also a harmonica reed on the rock behind the bottles, probably over 100 years old too!

Here's everything cleaned up:
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This is the oldest bottle, it's from the 1890's most likely:
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This old bottle was burried about 6 inches beneath some really thick mud and was likely in that spot for over 120 years, here it is when first uncovered by my boot. (I was purposfully stomping through the mud in hopes of making such a discovery as this, it was the only such find I made using this method for the day):
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The "Solution Citrate Magnesia" bottle was in roughly the same area as the blob bottle but is about 50 years more modern and was closer to the surface of the mud:
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The embossed information is as follows: "Directions: Adults dose as a purgative one bottle, as a laxative half a bottle. Children over 8 years, one to two wine glass fulls. Infants as advised by physician."

The H. Straehle bottle:
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The coke bottle and the Bailis Bros:
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I don't usually take coke bottles but this one's from North Carolina, which I never saw in New York before.

As for the Bailis Bros. of Mt. Vernon bottle, I could find no information about it. Registered in 1929, the year the Great Depression began, I imagine the company didn't last long, but this is purely speculation on my part.

Coke bottle in situ:
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There were several coke bottles but they were all from the New York bottling plant, so I left them for future hunters.

Harmonica reed in situ under a tree. There were also broken fragments of a Ball Mason jar and a tea cup. Likely someone had a picnic there long ago:
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Mt. Vernon Dairy Co. Inc. of Irvington, N.J.
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This is a Jacob Rupert beer bottle (pre-prohibition) in situ. It had a really big crack so I left it. I like to imagine someone placed it there in about 1915-1920 or so and nobody's touched it since, and so there it shall stay:
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For those unfamiliar with Jacob Ruppert he was the owner of the Yankees, built Yankee Stadium, and aquired Babe Ruth in 1920. This was all done thanks to the money he made selling beer. The above bottle would have been the same sold in Yankee Stadium during these early years. For obvious reasons Rupert only sold his own beer in Yankee Stadium.

Alot of wildlife was out today, saw about a dozen white tails.
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Today I went on a fun and exhausting adventure exploring a very inhospitable land long forgotten by time. A few things from over 100 years ago lay plainly visible on the surface in some places while in other places I had to dig through thick mud to get to them.

Here's a picture of all the day's finds still in the field:
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The bottles are as follows in order from left to right:
1. H. Straehle of New Rochelle, N.Y.
2. Citrate of Magnesia
3. Theo Young of 165th & 166th St Union Ave N.Y.
4. Bailis Bros. of Mt. Vernon Registered 1929
5. Mt. Vernon Dairy Co. Inc. of Irvington, N.J.
6. Coca-Cola of New Bern, North Carolina
7. There's also a harmonica reed on the rock behind the bottles, probably over 100 years old too!

Here's everything cleaned up:
View attachment 2041157
This is the oldest bottle, it's from the 1890's most likely:
View attachment 2041158
This old bottle was burried about 6 inches beneath some really thick mud and was likely in that spot for over 120 years, here it is when first uncovered by my boot. (I was purposfully stomping through the mud in hopes of making such a discovery as this, it was the only such find I made using this method for the day):
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The "Solution Citrate Magnesia" bottle was in roughly the same area as the blob bottle but is about 50 years more modern and was closer to the surface of the mud:
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The embossed information is as follows: "Directions: Adults dose as a purgative one bottle, as a laxative half a bottle. Children over 8 years, one to two wine glass fulls. Infants as advised by physician."

The H. Straehle bottle:
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The coke bottle and the Bailis Bros:
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I don't usually take coke bottles but this one's from North Carolina, which I never saw in New York before.

As for the Bailis Bros. of Mt. Vernon bottle, I could find no information about it. Registered in 1929, the year the Great Depression began, I imagine the company didn't last long, but this is purely speculation on my part.

Coke bottle in situ:
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There were several coke bottles but they were all from the New York bottling plant, so I left them for future hunters.

Harmonica reed in situ under a tree. There were also broken fragments of a Ball Mason jar and a tea cup. Likely someone had a picnic there long ago:
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Mt. Vernon Dairy Co. Inc. of Irvington, N.J.
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This is a Jacob Rupert beer bottle (pre-prohibition) in situ. It had a really big crack so I left it. I like to imagine someone placed it there in about 1915-1920 or so and nobody's touched it since, and so there it shall stay:
View attachment 2041168
For those unfamiliar with Jacob Ruppert he was the owner of the Yankees, built Yankee Stadium, and aquired Babe Ruth in 1920. This was all done thanks to the money he made selling beer. The above bottle would have been the same sold in Yankee Stadium during these early years. For obvious reasons Rupert only sold his own beer in Yankee Stadium.

Alot of wildlife was out today, saw about a dozen white tails.
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Absolutely fascinating finds...you did an American version of mudlarking....great presentation!
 

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Underminer you DID GOOD :) A lot of those bottles are IN AMAZING CONDITION !!!
 

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Today I went on a fun and exhausting adventure exploring a very inhospitable land long forgotten by time. A few things from over 100 years ago lay plainly visible on the surface in some places while in other places I had to dig through thick mud to get to them.

Here's a picture of all the day's finds still in the field:
View attachment 2041156
The bottles are as follows in order from left to right:
1. H. Straehle of New Rochelle, N.Y.
2. Citrate of Magnesia
3. Theo Young of 165th & 166th St Union Ave N.Y.
4. Bailis Bros. of Mt. Vernon Registered 1929
5. Mt. Vernon Dairy Co. Inc. of Irvington, N.J.
6. Coca-Cola of New Bern, North Carolina
7. There's also a harmonica reed on the rock behind the bottles, probably over 100 years old too!

Here's everything cleaned up:
View attachment 2041157
This is the oldest bottle, it's from the 1890's most likely:
View attachment 2041158
This old bottle was burried about 6 inches beneath some really thick mud and was likely in that spot for over 120 years, here it is when first uncovered by my boot. (I was purposfully stomping through the mud in hopes of making such a discovery as this, it was the only such find I made using this method for the day):
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The "Solution Citrate Magnesia" bottle was in roughly the same area as the blob bottle but is about 50 years more modern and was closer to the surface of the mud:
View attachment 2041162
View attachment 2041163
The embossed information is as follows: "Directions: Adults dose as a purgative one bottle, as a laxative half a bottle. Children over 8 years, one to two wine glass fulls. Infants as advised by physician."

The H. Straehle bottle:
View attachment 2041164

The coke bottle and the Bailis Bros:
View attachment 2041165
I don't usually take coke bottles but this one's from North Carolina, which I never saw in New York before.

As for the Bailis Bros. of Mt. Vernon bottle, I could find no information about it. Registered in 1929, the year the Great Depression began, I imagine the company didn't last long, but this is purely speculation on my part.

Coke bottle in situ:
View attachment 2041169
There were several coke bottles but they were all from the New York bottling plant, so I left them for future hunters.

Harmonica reed in situ under a tree. There were also broken fragments of a Ball Mason jar and a tea cup. Likely someone had a picnic there long ago:
View attachment 2041167

Mt. Vernon Dairy Co. Inc. of Irvington, N.J.
View attachment 2041170

This is a Jacob Rupert beer bottle (pre-prohibition) in situ. It had a really big crack so I left it. I like to imagine someone placed it there in about 1915-1920 or so and nobody's touched it since, and so there it shall stay:
View attachment 2041168
For those unfamiliar with Jacob Ruppert he was the owner of the Yankees, built Yankee Stadium, and aquired Babe Ruth in 1920. This was all done thanks to the money he made selling beer. The above bottle would have been the same sold in Yankee Stadium during these early years. For obvious reasons Rupert only sold his own beer in Yankee Stadium.

Alot of wildlife was out today, saw about a dozen white tails.
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Very Cool!!! Congrats!!!
 
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That was a real productive day for bottles. Well done.

Do you a probe at all on any of your hunting?
Generally I usually just stomp around in the mud until I feel a bottle under my foot. The glass makes a telltale squeak and is slick so it's easy to differentiate from something like a rock or buried log. Here's the area I found several of the bottles in including the blob, notice it's all just boot prints. The blob was the last bottle I found in that location:
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This likely wasn't a bottle dump but merely the result of ocean currents depositing about one bottle per decade by the shore and the mud simply encased them after awhile.
 

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That's awesome stuff. Wish I could find a spot like that but in California it's so difficult. I am stubborn I'd be exploring an area like that throughly.
 

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Thank's for sharing your recovery method !!! It could be a good exercise program LOL
 
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Thank's for sharing your recovery method !!! It could be a good exercise program LOL
No kidding, I lost 5 pounds this week from doing this.
 

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