Overgrown but untouched Victorian Garbage Dump Gives Up Ink Bottles, Medicines, Spoons, Stoppers. Beautiful Sash Buckle. Odd holled tag from Hospital.

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Took the opportunity of a clearer woods to wonder the area I found my two oldest Indians and was finally able to cross the water. Wondered around a while digging shot gun shells. Got to what turned out to be a dump area I'd never been to. There's two dumps an 1950s to 30s dump though I suspect it has an older layer under the mountain of whole "federal law prohibits resale or reuse of this bottle" flasks because If you scratch around a bit you find older hand lipped bottles neck shards. Maybe I'll make use of the wheel barrow abandoned near by and start clearing the flasks and liquor bottles out.

The second dump area had 1890s local soda and beer bases sticking out as you approached the small hill. I dug the hill out over a few days before work down to clay layer. Just past the bottom of this hill is section of spill over also hiding a lot of bottles but it's unfortunately or fortunately? covered in a 3 inch thick layer of Virginia creeper and it's tangled root system. I spend about 2 hours when I can using lopping sheers to cut vine from underneath and roll it back like rolling up sod. Clip off my vine blanket and run it up hill then start going slow with 3 prong fork and pruning sheers. Slow, messy because it's always damp in there but getting results. The bottles in this post are from both sections. Metallic finds are out of hill side.
Those two Trenton beers are the most whole of found in there so far. So bummed about the amber one. There has to be a whole one of either in there somewhere. My detecting friend found a whole aqua beer before he decided it was too much work.

The holled tag is a strange one. I was expecting just a number. Instead it says "Hahnamann Hospital Supt. Diet Kitchen " so it's a work badge from the superintendent of the diet kitchen for a hospital in Philadelphia. Hospital was founded in 1885 so it fits with the dump time period. Newest bottles in there are around 1901.
 

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Took the opportunity of a clearer woods to wonder the area I found my two oldest Indians and was finally able to cross the water. Wondered around a while digging shot gun shells. Got to what turned out to be a dump area I'd never been to. There's two dumps an 1950s to 30s dump though I suspect it has an older layer under the mountain of whole "federal law prohibits resale or reuse of this bottle" flasks because If you scratch around a bit you find older hand lipped bottles neck shards. Maybe I'll make use of the wheel barrow abandoned near by and start clearing the flasks and liquor bottles out.

The second dump area had 1890s local soda and beer bases sticking out as you approached the small hill. I dug the hill out over a few days before work down to clay layer. Just past the bottom of this hill is section of spill over also hiding a lot of bottles but it's unfortunately or fortunately? covered in a 3 inch thick layer of Virginia creeper and it's tangled root system. I spend about 2 hours when I can using lopping sheers to cut vine from underneath and roll it back like rolling up sod. Clip off my vine blanket and run it up hill then start going slow with 3 prong fork and pruning sheers. Slow, messy because it's always damp in there but getting results. The bottles in this post are from both sections. Metallic finds are out of hill side.
Those two Trenton beers are the most whole of found in there so far. So bummed about the amber one. There has to be a whole one of either in there somewhere. My detecting friend found a whole aqua beer before he decided it was too much work.

The holled tag is a strange one. I was expecting just a number. Instead it says "Hahnamann Hospital Supt. Diet Kitchen " so it's a work badge from the superintendent of the diet kitchen for a hospital in Philadelphia. Hospital was founded in 1885 so it fits with the dump time period. Newest bottles in there are around 1901.
Nice!!!!! Congrats!!!!!
 

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Liking the glass recoveries.
Do you use a bottle probe at all?
 
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Liking the glass recoveries.
Do you use a bottle probe at all?
I'll push lopping sheers into overgrown zone to hear if there are shards because bottles are shallow there. Wish I had a probe for hill side as I only dug one small section and don't know if there's another pocket farther down. Shard wash out runs 25 feet along the hill.
 
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what is a bottle probe?
Thin metal rod you stick in the ground so you can feel around for the bottles before digging. Very distinct feeling when the rod hits a bottle.
 
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These came out yesterday from both dumps. Neckerchief slide I found in woods with detector. Think that blue green thing is a glass lenses cover.
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Slowly but surely is the name of the game here. Finally got an aqua flask. Dirt is black and pasty. Scented with skunk cabbage if you step on it accidentally. Managed another D buckle infront of my dirt pile. Milk glass crown stopper came out yesterday along with another aqua slick. Looks like it's a mouthwash bottle stopper from circa 1915.
 

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