Me & Tom got out about 6 times this year, not much. did not find much all year long. a slow year. Finally last Weekend, Me & Tom & Vic went up north to do some Privy Digging. Tom Probed out the first Privy. It was a total Dud. only got a broken Crock top Handle. SO, I started probing along the Fence line starting at back corner & working my way up as usual. This way good chance sooner or later your going to find something, which I did when I got about 1/4 way up the property line from the back corner. Within the first foot we started finding old broken blob tops & other old glass shards, a very good sign. As we go down we find a little here & there. Found a Broken Bitters Slick. Then a few more old looking Slicks like 1870-80s looking. LEON.
My Camera Battery died right when I (we) started finding good stuff. SO, I don't have to many good pics & Toms pics are not very good. for some reason his picture size in KB's are big but the actual picture is a small thumbnail you can barely see, must be his new phone, his old phone the pics came out fine. LEON.
When I seen the Hop Leaves on Bitters I told Tom OH NO, Looks like a common Doyles, He said NAH. so, I pull it out & it's a Doyles. 1872 Date on Bottle. For me still nice & exciting to dig any Bitters Bottle even if Common. LEON.Attachment 190702
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SO, After the Common Doyles Bitters I come across 2 amber quart size blobs tops sleeping together. I get all excited because they & this hole is old & they gotta be good ones. for me 1870's is old. Digging in Michigan not alot of 1870's or older Privy's to be found. I know some spoiled Diggers from Pennsylvania & New York, Boston & other older east coast cities call 1870's new while they prefer 1840's & 50's.Attachment 190703Attachment 190704
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I pull the first one out & see no Slugplate or name & think it's a slick. the top or blob sure looked attached in the hole but once I pull it out it Pops off. Clean break, it will glue back on. Then Vic tells me it's a R. DEDERICH from Saginaw, even sez so near the neck. I didn't get any good pics of this bottle. LEON.Attachment 190705
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SO, Kinda bummed out it's a more common bottle & broke my hopes are high for it's buddy sleeping next to him. Why? Because it's a different shape & color so I assume not another Dederich, I got a feeling it's going to be a Good one. SO, I slowly pull it out from it's 140 years sleeping slumber spot & reveal it to the world for the first time in 140 years. I quickly look for a Slugplate, franticly turning bottle to find it & there it is, the lettering is small & hard to read & I'm wondering what the Hell is this thing. Finally my eyes focus on the wording & I read ZIEM BROS EAST SAGINAW MICHIGAN. Slightly confused because I was really expecting another Ziem from another town fogetting they even made this one. BUT, I figure Heck, A good consolation prize anyway. I was Happy. Excited actually. Gotta be a good one but I'm not to Familiar with him. Ziem Bros was not a Brewery but Instead Saloon owners who Bottles there own Beer so possibly on the Obscure Side. LEON.Attachment 190706Attachment 190707Attachment 190708
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That is a shame about your bottle collection. Even though the storage facility was not at fault, they should have insurance for such things. I guess it depends what is in the fine print of the rental...
Vick's then Emerson Bromo, and then Milk of Magnesia is a distant third. Vick's are everywhere and almost never broken because they are so small. I don't even bother with them. I keep Emerson Bromos...