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  1. Note that I didn't say anything about direction,...

    Note that I didn't say anything about direction, coming or going, of a motorboat on the surface above. That was deliberate because I understand the physics of sound propagation in water.

    I've hit...
  2. I'm dubious about JerryN's advice. The sound of...

    I'm dubious about JerryN's advice. The sound of boat traffic is unmistakable under water. You can hear a boat motor approaching, hear it overhead, hear it leaving.

    There is one reliable way to...
  3. One tip for you is: use extra lead weights. You...

    One tip for you is: use extra lead weights. You don't want neutral buoyancy in a river current -- you want to stay on the bottom. You want to anchor yourself while digging in the sediments. There...
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    I recall reading on the 'net interesting...

    I recall reading on the 'net interesting litigation about this Fig Syrup (which upon analysis contained no fig component).
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    Start with CLR, move on to oxalic acid, then...

    Start with CLR, move on to oxalic acid, then muriatic acid. As long as there is no paint on the bottle, the glass will not be affected by these acids.
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    On the origin of the pickle jar, I have an...

    On the origin of the pickle jar, I have an impression different from CanadianBottles. I just looked at several of these jars on my shelf, and I think this jar is not USA-produced. It's mostly...
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    Thanks for the feedback, sandchip. I acquired...

    Thanks for the feedback, sandchip. I acquired that bottle in Guyana a good while ago. I had been picking out 1700s bottles from a dealer. I finished with a few dollars still in my pocket. I was...
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    Right you are. Henry Ricketts of Bristol in 1821...

    Right you are. Henry Ricketts of Bristol in 1821 was granted a patent on a 3-piece mold machine. That machine changed the industry.

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  9. Sandchip makes a good point. I looked for base...

    Sandchip makes a good point. I looked for base wear on the jars in the images I posted with mixed results. Some had modest base wear, some had none. For example, of the two amber jars I posted,...
  10. What a lovely little jar. My guess is that it is...

    What a lovely little jar. My guess is that it is French, and fairly early, as these jars go. Most of the jars I have have a disc pontil scar, rather than a glass-tipped scar. This little jar has...
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    I recall some speculation that the "K" version...

    I recall some speculation that the "K" version was made at the Kentucky Glass Works.
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    How about an image of your bottle? The...

    How about an image of your bottle?

    The earliest "onions" date to the late 1600s, but the vast majority of them date to the early-to-middle 1700s.

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  13. This is an unusual case bottle. The shoulders...

    This is an unusual case bottle. The shoulders are inflated, rounded, unlike the square-shouldered German bottles (see the grass-green bottle below). The corners are rounded, not sharp like early...
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    My best guess is this is a scent bottle --...

    My best guess is this is a scent bottle -- lavender, rosewater, etc. Popular in England near the TOC20.
  15. That's interesting. I have a black (olive-amber)...

    That's interesting. I have a black (olive-amber) example with || on the label side. I have no idea about such marks other than possible mold-marks.

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  16. I suspect that WesternPA has it right . . . the...

    I suspect that WesternPA has it right . . . the reference is to a "registered" brand or trademark. Imitations and knock-offs were rife in the later 1800s.
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    Zumwalt figures two D & C bottles, one probably...

    Zumwalt figures two D & C bottles, one probably British, the other could be American. No illustration like our bottles and no "D & G" listing in the book. She didn't identify the D & C, though it...
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    That's it. Thank you, Paul. D & G . . . gives...

    That's it. Thank you, Paul. D & G . . . gives me something to go on. I'll let you know if I find something.
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    That's exciting, Paul. I'm eager to have any new...

    That's exciting, Paul. I'm eager to have any new info.
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    Assuming the two onion bottles are continental...

    Assuming the two onion bottles are continental ("Dutch") in origin, they date from 1720 to about 1760. The value is a bit variable, depending on condition and form -- $50 - $150, or so.

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    I agree about appearance. The shorter bottle is...

    I agree about appearance. The shorter bottle is definitely British . . . It is made of relatively thick, aqua glass, while the taller bottle is colorless, thin glass. The sand pontil scar argues...
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    Here's a British peppersauce bottle, much...

    Here's a British peppersauce bottle, much smaller, but along the same line.

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    Is this a peppersauce bottle?

    I found a duplicate of this bottle -- broken -- in the Suwannee River at an early steamboat landing. This is a tall, well-made, thin-walled bottle with a crude lip. Perhaps a French or British...
  24. It's remarkably clean -- an "attic bottle" for...

    It's remarkably clean -- an "attic bottle" for sure. But, "wiped top" sounds like a "tooled lip" rather than an "applied lip." An applied lip involves a separate blob of glass applied to the bottle...
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    I do understand your argument, Jim. You are...

    I do understand your argument, Jim. You are making two assumptions:

    1) The labels "1789" are original, applied in 1789 or thereabouts.
    2) The contents were decanted (from a cask) into brand-new...
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