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    Hello from Philly Suburbs

    Welcome to the forum. You have probably gotten several private messages already from members more local to you that want to see everything you have. Good luck with the disbursement.
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    Is there a better way to cut copper wire?

    This was posted on a thread about 7 years ago. I use something similar. Its basically a hole in a block of metal. Use a large drill for longer cuts.
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    Privy Location on 1850s Farm?

    Have you probed below the 1960's trash pit? They may have filled in the privy as the fill sank. That seems to be a good spot for the Privy. Also, probe around that big tree next to J. I don't think it would be on the side of the house toward the road (if that is the same road as in 1800's).
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    Wire bail and porcelain stoppers on crown-top bottles (?)

    Can we see a picture of a Deco with a wired closure?
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    midwest dairy repro?

    I found this pint recently, but cannot find another like it. I know Midwest Dairy is common & there have been some reproductions, but this feels & looks like the real thing. Is it so common that no one posts it, or rare? Around base - 'registered sealed 1-11-14' & thatcher makers mark. I...
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    possible turquoise find

    Were there iron furnaces in your area, possibly upstream? Looks like 'awful', the glass slag from the furnace, after tumbling in the creek for a 100+ years.
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    I know they've been found nationwide. It was a very popular med.
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    unusual base?

    I found another decanter with the swirled base in Nashville a couple of weeks ago. Why is it that when we get something interesting, but out of our collecting area, we start seeing that type of bottle everywhere? This one is amethyst, but I don't think SCA. Based on sandchip's explanation, I...
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    unusual base?

    Since it's hand blown, would that place it earlier than I thought, possibly to pre WW1? I am leaning towards german in origin, Kummel is actually spelled with an umlaut (double dot) over the 'u'.
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    unusual base?

    Sandchip, Thanks for the explanation. Yes, that does make sense. I wasn't sure if it was B-I-M, since the side seams go up & onto the bottom of the flare of the lip. Etching is 'KUMMEL', a german liquor with anise & carraway seed flavor. I've never had it & don't think I'ld like it.
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    unusual base?

    I have come across this base before, but don't know how the item was produced. It doesn't look like a pontil, it seems to be kind of swirled. This happens to be the base of a decanter. Any insight? The items maybe from the 1920's
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    Old bottle?

    Sandchip, thanks for the pictures. I have seen the type of top in your first two pictures, but always assumed that it was tooled tops with defects in the top of the neck caused by the tool. I learn something new every time I sign in.
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    Digging a Cistern

    Usually, cisterns in towns were used until the town got water lines to the houses. They were then either collapsed or filled in with garbage & debris. Check your town's history to find out when your area got water. No one would deliberately throw anything into their water supply, so anything...
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    A Tenn. Country Physician , his Pharmacy , and a roadside bottle dump.

    Love those local meds, especially when they show up in unexpected places. Here's some info about S.B. Carpenter i got from Johnnie Fletcher's Arkansas Bottle Book.

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