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    Senior Member Bottle Master
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    Construction Site yields stoneware galore!

    I stopped by a construction site last Sunday and let's say it went much better than I anticipated! I had dug the same site about 7 years ago. It was a hard dig and it only dated to circa 1915. Fast forward and the site is torn wide open. They exposed a much older layer that was packed with bottles and stoneware. I was quickly joined by a friend, met two other diggers for the first time, and then a few more friends stopped by after digging somewhere else. My first find was an ovoid jug that miraculously missed getting hit by a bulldozer. We were teased with a few pontil shards but most of the bottles dates from the 1880s-1900, though the jugs were obviously older. The next day the spot was covered over, but hopefully not forever!


    My friend's stoneware







    A stoneware pitcher in situ



    My finds!



    The ovoid, no damage!



    A Bunker Hill Pickles (during the cleaning process)



    A nice lighter colored Hostetters



    A large size boldly embossed Stephen Sweet's Infallible Liniment

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    Wow, those are stunning! That's a dream find for me. That Somerset jug is amazing, not sure I've ever seen one in that shape before.

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    Senior Member Bottle Finder
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    Congratulations!! Great finds. Love the Somerset jug.

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    Senior Member Bottle Master GLASSHOPPER55's Avatar
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    Great finds, RIB! I'd keep hitting that place till the end.
    "Digging Up the Past --- One Bottle at a Time, Since 1969"

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    Senior Member Bottle Master hemihampton's Avatar
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    WOW, Some great finds. Congrats.LEON.

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    Senior Member Bottle Master sandchip's Avatar
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    Fantastic haul! I don't think I've ever seen a Bunker Hill with that much character. Nicely whittled!

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    Wow thats great. I've been stopping at every construction site that has any type of promise just because of posts like this.

    Keep it up

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    Senior Member Bottle Master
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    I've never found an older stone ware jug in the wild and the condition of the ones found is incredible

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    Some good stuff, the ovoid is sweet. What a great time period to be digging in.

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    Sweet!



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