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    Something worth writing about....

    Well, been doin' my share of diggin' lately, just not my share of findin' until recently. Got to digging in a site that was all over the map with age and looked like a wall dump. Got to scratching around and discovered the appearance of a wall with a few bottles crushed into the wall itself. Got...
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    First dig of new year

    Well, got a bit of a weak start to the new year. The temps were mild enough to break the permafrost and open up a stone liner, but was surprised when I sprung a leak at 4 feet! I guess I shouldn't be, considering how much the Mississippi has been flooding, but we are pretty dry here...
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    Chance encounter leads to a good dig, and more in the future......

    Well, been digging more than finding lately. Last dig before this past weekend was a month ago when I dug a 13 foot stone liner for a mid 1860's home, and you guessed it. Like a broken record in this town, anything more than 20 years older than toc was heavily dipped. I was lucky to come away...
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    One medicine I find zip on.....anyone?

    Was ABOVE ground 10 feet for a change! Crawled up into an old attic where I found a bunch of toc stuff that looked like the insulation workers must have collected MANY years ago and put into whatever they found before laying the insulation. Either that or it was already stashed in place and had...
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    Narrowing down the hunt......

    Just a "short" update on last post. Probed out another barrel privy last dog day of August. Had to wait for the shade to cover my spot so I got a late start at 3:00. Didn't really matter as it was 5 foot shallow and easy digging. I opened it up and hit gravel on the top 1/2 foot and just...
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    Still on the hunt

    Well, yesterday I returned to the yard where I dug the ruby railroad globes to open up what seemed a likely spot for the earlier privy, still with visions of mossy green Hostetters lining the pit instead of only the base half I found. I get to opening it up and quickly discover it is what I...
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    Dug another "first"......

    Decided to take advantage of less humidity and open up a spot I probed last week. I opened a test hole at a different spot on the property a week earlier and was mystified. The hole went down about 3 foot and stopped. "Crummy old post hole" went through my mind. But at the bottom were two tiny...
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    Update on Reynold's Gout Specific

    Saw this boxed and labeled variant on ebay for 20 bucks and thought, "Why not?" I opened it up to see what was going on as I couldn't find an example listed anywhere that was embossed "London". (The earlier ones were apparently from Enfield) Hoping to get a better idea of age, I read every line...
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    Dug on the 4th of July.....(There otta be a movie!)

    Well, decided to take advantage of a break in the monsoonal rains and open up a hole I probed out a week before. Opened it up and soon discovered a layer of burnt looking ashy junk from the 30's. I have long ago learned the importance of ignoring whatever comes from the top 3 feet of a hole...
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    Another oddity

    So today I finished out the pit with the St. Louis Myers shards, and only bottle left is this one. I'm Familiar with the Reed & Carnrick and their variants as well as the earlier partners. Seems Carnrick first appears (at least on bottles) as a partner in 1868 with Reed and Andrus, and later...
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    Help needed on shards ID.....

    Been digging in a pontil era pit last couple days and yesterday pulled out of the bottom this Sarsaparilla I initially assumed was a Bull's from Louisville due to the "Louis" shard. They are pretty popular around here, so I was surprised when I cleaned it up and got to looking closer at it. I...
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    Finally dug something to write about!

    Well, the month of May was not kind to me & my shovel! After digging two promising early pre civil war wood liners that turned out to be virtually void of anything whole, I went for a couple weeks where I couldn't probe anything out! Felt lucky to find me arss with both hands wrapped around it...
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    Gone dump diggin'

    Well, took a break today......or so I thought. Planned to recuperate on the couch today after the back killer I recently dug, but nooooooo! The nubie wants to go dump digging! Only been privy digging with me so far and watched the dump diggers on youtube hackin' an a slashin' at the dump walls...
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    Dug first pontil pit of the year.......

    Opened up a pit for here was a good size- 6X4X10 foot deep and stone lined. Took 2 days and damn near killed me. Pulling those buckets and digging gives me a workout, and I'm STILL fat! I don't get it. Anyhoo, got nada until about the 8 foot level when I hit a thin use layer mixed with...
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    Dug the wonkiest top flask ever, and more......

    Probed out a hole a few days ago and it was finally warm enough to open it up yesterday. (I really hate digging in sub freezing weather.) I researched out the property and though the current house was toc, there was good evidence there was an earlier house possibly from the latest 60's. But...
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    Dug several unusual "Firsts" in 1880-toc privy

    Took advantage of unusually warmer weather and opened up a privy in my own neighborhood I probed back in December. Turned out to be pretty decent for the first hole of the year. House was built in 1882 and didn't expect anything real old, so I was surprised by some of the older things that came...
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    Strange rivet marks on a neck?

    Dug this oddity today from a tiny yard dating back to the 1850's and possibly to the 40's. Has what appears a refired pontil, a sheared lip refired smooth, with 8 very strange dots located on the neck. The neck appears to be part of the mold right to where the lip was sheared. The "dots" as I am...
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    Pontiled embossed shard......

    Found this tiny embossed pontil shard the other day. Measures 3/4" square, has an "E" on one side and an "INT"? on the other remaining side. I am assuming the last letter is a T as only the left arm got embossed. Seems this was fairly common on early pontiled embossings. Thought it might have...
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    Dug the neighboring stone liner yesterday......

    Returned to the lot of the 60's brick liner to open up the stone liner. Turned out to be another 8 footer. Second bottle out of the clay cap was an 80's local pharm., so that was a good sign. Half hour later came one I never heard of or have seen, a J.C. Carber's/King Of Pain/Hannibal, Mo! I...
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    dug a 60's brick liner.......

    Well, been diggin' a few holes but little to show for the efforts. Not even any good cryers......until yesterday. Probed out a couple holes on a pre-civil war lot and found one brick liner and one likely stone liner. Opened up the brick one as it appeared only 2 foot square while probing. Went...

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