A nifty late throw, and a local pre-prohibition beer cap!

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Plumbata

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I haven't posted any finds in a good while, but it doesn't mean I haven't been digging and finding things!

First up is a very late throw, discovered after I opened up a productive section in my late 20s to perhaps 1931 dump. This, and the other good finds (I'll take pics later), were all from layers I'd date to 1929-1927.

"Bragg's Arctic Liniment"

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Imagine my surprise when I pulled this applied-lip beauty out after going through almost nothing but ABMs! When I wiped it off and saw the embossing and very crude gloppy top I hoped to find a pontil too, but it seems to have just missed it. Ah well, still cool as heck for being ~ 60 years old when it was tossed!


Next is a very old local bottle cap, which excited me a great deal when discovered. I was helping a friend clean his basement, and asked to check out the crawlspace under his front porch. House was built around 1905 so I went in hoping for some good bottles. Found plenty of junk flasks from the 30s, some with decent labels, but the gem was on the opposite end.

I almost missed it; laying upside-down in the soft dust, and didn't expect anything too interesting as i was flipping it over, thinking "meh, probably a 50's coke cap or something".

Instead, I found a wonderfully well-preserved pre-1919 crown cap from the local Leisy Brewery of Peoria, IL! I sold a set of 1960s coke baseball player caps a while back and pretty much all looked worse/more oxidized than this! In this case, the thick layer of dust was a godsend, not an annoyance. Had it been right-side-up it would have been junk. I've never seen a pre-pro bottle cap before (well, one not rusted to death or with a design).

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But, you may ask, how do you know it is a Leisy cap from Peoria (as it indicates neither)?

Well, here it is next to an advertising mug from the brewery:

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And here it is next to some of the BIM beers themselves!

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[:)]

So, do any of you have Pre-Pro bottle caps, or any pictures of them? I'd like to see what else is out there.
 

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Fantastic bottle and even better cap, congrats Plumb...[;)]
 

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Thanks Jim, that cap really made my day! (July 17th, to be exact [;)])

LOL, thanks chuck. As far as such things go, they are pretty common though. It was originally part of a set of 6 mugs and 1 large pitcher, and those sets also came in a different design and color scheme. Got a couple of the other kind. My dad actually found this at an auction down in Arkansas earlier this year. Paid a whopping 2 bucks for it. Locally methinks it would go a little higher.

And thank you Ant, it was both the highlight, and the last bottle I pulled out on that dig. Good way to cap it off.
 

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I see another mug and this pitcher currently on Ebay, very cool stuff...



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And I would have been all over this set at $142.50!!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&hash=item231f56914e&item=150849622350&nma=true&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&rt=nc&si=xt8Lm44xntMl48aLNnc4ecGZavk%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
 

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Hey Plumby,

Good to see you posting some great discoveries. That Leisy crown is a gem. I don't suspect there are many pre-pro crown caps with vivid graphics existent.

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Great bottle! I love the form and name. Nice bottle cap too! I collected modern bottle caps as a kid before moving on to bottles.
 

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