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cyberdigger
09-06-2009, 05:58 PM
I'm looking for serious advice, here.. have this nicely embossed blob, found it as a kid, around 1977, in a thicket of trees right behind Marine Park in Red Bank.. have never even washed it .. the stopper iron is corroded beyond repair, but it's still sealed shut... should I get rid of the metal and see how she cleans up as a bottle, or just kind of wash around the rusty wire?

https://www.antique-bottles.net/upfiles/10263/1FC9698B77FF4AD19ED1FD796DC22A29.jpg

Staunton Dan
09-06-2009, 06:12 PM
Now, let's see. You found it as a kid in 1977 and it has stayed in that condition since then. Why would you want to do something to it now? I say leave it alone and enjoy it just the way you have for all of these 32 years.

cyberdigger
09-06-2009, 06:17 PM
I know what you mean, and that's why I am asking.. the problem is that the rest of my collection is getting cleaner and sparklier, as I acquire new.. acquisitions.. and retire the messed-up ones to a cardboard purgatory... this bottle is now my dirtiest on display, and it stands out.. need guidance.. [;)]

woody
09-06-2009, 06:27 PM
I'd clean it up to it's original condition, minus the rusty stopper.

cyberdigger
09-06-2009, 07:03 PM
...the wire is definitely un-salvage-able. the bottle is goopy inside but not sick... ohhh what to do?? Childhood memories or nice clean blob??