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    Age of Shards? Pontil?

    I found these on the surface yseterday of an area that has produced bottles from the early 1900's.
    Anyone have a rough age estimate of these shards?
    Does any one know what type of bottle the shard with the embossing is?
    Are those pontil marks on the bottoms?
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    Hello. They seem to be 1880s 1900s and no those are not pontils, but what is called a post mold mark (big dimple in bottom of bottle). The embossed bottle looks like a med or quack cure of some kind. I f I were you I would start digging or seriously probing the area............Andy

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    Awesome! Thank you very much!
    I have dug some but the bottles kinda come out at random.
    So many rocks in that area its a pain.
    There is a big hole there not far from an old foundation, could be a privy.

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    Is the big hole looking like it may have been dug?? if not I would start digging, and do not do that alone, get help from a buddy, being buried in a privy would not be fun.........Andy

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    When I found it, it was about a foot or two deep. Like maybe it had sunken in. I metal detected around it and found some cast iron. I dug down probably another two feet but just rocks and more hard dirt.

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    The embossed one is from a Dr. Miles Restorative Nervine. Looks like it would have been a nice earlier one if it was whole. It's a pretty common bottle though so not that much of a crier.

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    Pontil bottom looks like this. Just dug this one today. LEON.Click image for larger version. 

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    Senior Member Bottle Master andy volkerts's Avatar
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    Could that hard dirt be a clay cap, because a lot of privies were covered with a clay cap and then surrounding dirt and rocks thrown in to level it up when finished..Andy



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