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Galveston Dig

nhpharm

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Went out last Sunday and probed out a nice crunchy spot. First 3' or so was 1950's stuff and I was a little discouraged, but I kept at it and about 4' down I hit the top of a huge barrel privy. Ended up being roughly 4' in diameter and 10' deep at the bottom. Water table was at about 7', so I had to stop bailing at that point and shovel into a bucket while standing in water over my waist. Nonetheless, there was a lot of glass but a lot of it was broken. Privy dated from roughly 1860-1870 and had some interesting stuff...a few peppersauces, a Hostetters, a Donnaud's Remedy for Baldness from New Orleans, an Elixir De Guillie, a Worcestershire sauce knockoff embossed just "W.O.M. & Co.", and a beautiful olive green umbrella ink with a burst lip...seemed very unusual for an American bottle but I've seen a few aqua ones in the past that were the same way. No intact Galveston bottles and plenty of heartbreakers but still always super fun to dig in a privy this old.
 

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TxBottleDigger

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Went out last Sunday and probed out a nice crunchy spot. First 3' or so was 1950's stuff and I was a little discouraged, but I kept at it and about 4' down I hit the top of a huge barrel privy. Ended up being roughly 4' in diameter and 10' deep at the bottom. Water table was at about 7', so I had to stop bailing at that point and shovel into a bucket while standing in water over my waist. Nonetheless, there was a lot of glass but a lot of it was broken. Privy dated from roughly 1860-1870 and had some interesting stuff...a few peppersauces, a Hostetters, a Donnaud's Remedy for Baldness from New Orleans, an Elixir De Guillie, a Worcestershire sauce knockoff embossed just "W.O.M. & Co.", and a beautiful olive green umbrella ink with a burst lip...seemed very unusual for an American bottle but I've seen a few aqua ones in the past that were the same way. No intact Galveston bottles and plenty of heartbreakers but still always super fun to dig in a privy this old.
WOW! That Civil War era cathedral pepper sauce !!! That toothpaste jar was imported from England to Galveston. Probably boarded the ship at Liverpool. If your not aware, the White Star Line was founded in Liverpool by Bruce Ismay. The Titanic, which was part of the White Star Line, was a Liverpool registered ship and bared the name Liverpool on her stern.
PS- Galveston, being such a historical city it is, you may want to donate or sell some things to a museum. Maybe even the local Rosenberg Library museum.
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R.M.S. Titanic at Queenstown
April 11, 1912

Her finial stop until her fateful maiden
voyage to New York.

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Stern sinking
James Cameron’s
1997
“Titanic”​
 
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