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Galveston Dig

nhpharm

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Apr 24, 2007
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Went out Sunday and continued digging a thin layer of trash that normally would not be worth digging but in this case has been a pretty good producer of sodas provided you move a lot of dirt. Extremely compacted dirt so tough to chip through it without damaging the bottles. Nonetheless, had a pretty successful day; found a nice Lone Star & Coca-Cola mug based crown top soda, a Galveston Mignon crown top (a scare version), an Italian Soda Water Association hutch soda, a Galveston Brewing crown top, and the real find of the day, a Seawall Lemon Splits bottle...really a historic and rare bottle from Galveston commemorating the construction of the Galveston seawall. Advertised in 1905 and 1906 (initial section of the seawall was finished in mid 1904). Over the moon on this bottle...they are very rare and are quite thin bottles that rarely survive. Lots of embossing too...script on one side and more standard embossing on the other.
 

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nhpharm

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Went out Sunday with my oldest son and I was determined to find a privy after a few quiet digs. After about an hour, I finally found a privy right where the maps said it should be...it was only about 2' wide (and 5' long/7' deep) so I had been missing it with my grid. Nonetheless, it had quite a number of bottles in it, including a nice Galveston pharmacy bottle, a broken Schott & Colby druggist bottle from Houston (when JJ Schott opened a branch there-I never knew there was a bottle from his time in Houston), and all the way at the very top of the hole, an extremely rare Galveston Codd soda bottle. While I was poking around for another hole, my son decided to dig a random hole...he got down about 3' and hit water, which is a good sign that there is a trash pit nearby. Sure enough, it was a pit of water, hundreds of leather shoes, and some nice late 1870's/early 1880's bottles including some slick gravitating sodas, two hutch sodas (one quite scarce and one extremely rare), and an awesome round bottom Ginger Ale from Houston. Just an awesome day of digging with my son and some very historic bottles for our neck of the woods.
 

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GRACE ABOUND

BIRD SWING
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Very Interesting .I Know There Are A Lot Of Old Bottles Around Galveston. Buried With Alot Of Other Stuff .You Have Some Nice History To Share With Others. I Have An Old Star Dairy Embossed With Big Star On The Side An On The Bottom A Big S . I Used To Go There But All WE Did Was Empty Bottles .Thanks For Allowing Us A Chance To See It.
 

buriedtreasuretime

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Went out Sunday with my oldest son and I was determined to find a privy after a few quiet digs. After about an hour, I finally found a privy right where the maps said it should be...it was only about 2' wide (and 5' long/7' deep) so I had been missing it with my grid. Nonetheless, it had quite a number of bottles in it, including a nice Galveston pharmacy bottle, a broken Schott & Colby druggist bottle from Houston (when JJ Schott opened a branch there-I never knew there was a bottle from his time in Houston), and all the way at the very top of the hole, an extremely rare Galveston Codd soda bottle. While I was poking around for another hole, my son decided to dig a random hole...he got down about 3' and hit water, which is a good sign that there is a trash pit nearby. Sure enough, it was a pit of water, hundreds of leather shoes, and some nice late 1870's/early 1880's bottles including some slick gravitating sodas, two hutch sodas (one quite scarce and one extremely rare), and an awesome round bottom Ginger Ale from Houston. Just an awesome day of digging with my son and some very historic bottles for our neck of the woods.
Wow, what a glorious day of digging. You must be beaming with pride. That better then pulling in a trophy fish! Congratulations on your find.


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