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    Harry,

    If hit by a probe as you suggest, I would say more like bad luck than over-enthusisam. If you've run a probe, you know that even with the gentlest of touch, that style of bottle will not hold up to any level of probe contact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hemihampton View Post
    Here's a example of a similar one I found with a graphite or iron pontil bottom. Usually a reddish or grayish color on bottom. The open pontil no color just a small round rough looking hole. LEON.Attachment 184977Attachment 184978
    Thanks very much for the info, Leon. There isn't anything like that on my bottle.
    I came across an Old Sachem Bitters bottle mold while researching my bottle and thought I would share it here for anyone who might be interested.
    Hope that's okay.
    You can see an example of the mold here-
    http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/50524.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhpharm View Post
    Harry,

    If hit by a probe as you suggest, I would say more like bad luck than over-enthusisam. If you've run a probe, you know that even with the gentlest of touch, that style of bottle will not hold up to any level of probe contact.

    Yes, I have done a fair bit of probing. Never had the too-common experience of piercing a bottle though. And, unless YOU are the prober, how do you know this damage was a result of bad luck and not over-exertion? It seems to me that you are assuming facts that are not in evidence, while I relied on the observable damage.

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    I usually go slow with the Probe & come to a stop when I seem to hit a bottle. But sometimes your just hitting a Rock or a Brick & it can be difficult to tell the differance sometimes. LEON.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hemihampton View Post
    I usually go slow with the Probe & come to a stop when I seem to hit a bottle. But sometimes your just hitting a Rock or a Brick & it can be difficult to tell the differance sometimes. LEON.

    I agree, Leon, that distinguishing between brick and glass bottle and window glass is a learned skill. Some probers will be better than others at that skill. Experience makes a difference in "reading" the probe.



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