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Wildcat wrangler

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I have one I want to dig badly behind an early 1800s house. dug a test pit and hit 1800s glass and ironstone about a foot down. Never got to dig it yet though, but I will! I've been looking mainly for the old houses because I want to get into a pontil era pit to start off, lol.

Doesn’t that just make ya crazy? You know it’s there…. My problem is I know it’s there and people had the nerve to put a house up and fence it all in! I know where it’s at. Do I ask and offer to cut them in, or hop the fence and get shot by a local pot farmer, Buford, before becoming a chew toy for his 5 German shepherds? Dilemmas of the bottle addicted….
The houses/garbage pit/privys Im looking for are probably flat on the ground for a long time! But we don’t have a lot of really old trash around here, unfortunately…. That I’ve ever found, anyway. Post pix when u finally go back to that place, k?


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Here's my finds from last week out of a total of 4 holes. Just couldn't get into a pit that was productive...was definitely a slow day. You win some and you lose some! The 1870's French pontiled perfume was neat...hadn't gotten one from this particular company before.
 

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Here's my finds from last week out of a total of 4 holes. Just couldn't get into a pit that was productive...was definitely a slow day. You win some and you lose some! The 1870's French pontiled perfume was neat...hadn't gotten one from this particular company before.
I'd be happy with that take!
 

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I'm spoiled...but also have a 3 hr round trip to get to and from where I dig, so always go with high expectations haha.
 

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The dig this weekend involved going through hundreds of interlocked oysters with the occasional bottle in it. It was a fun dig though, because of the age, and the bottles were stuff I'd never dug before. The find of the day was this (damaged) Kelly's Old Cabin Bitters. Its a patent 1870 variant. Also found partials to 3 Wilders cabin bitters. The fancy peppersauce gets an honorable mention, and the green beer is unusual because of the embossing on the base (lyon bros makers)
 

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I'm spoiled...but also have a 3 hr round trip to get to and from where I dig, so always go with high expectations haha.
:mad: Biden-fueled inflation is definitely having a negative impact on my own recreational plans and activities!
 

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I like that Kelly's old cabin bitters. nice find. LEON.
 

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On Sunday I went out with my son and did quite a lot of probing until I found a promising spot. Dug down and found a wooden frame and figured privy, but there was no wood below the first board. Excavated down a ways and noticed that the soil was peeling away from the "walls" in a square...it was indeed a privy but the wood had either rotted away or had been removed at some point. There were a fair number of bottles in it, including a case gin, a few Galveston pharmacy bottles, and a nice and quite scarce Galveston hutch soda that made my day. Found a second privy next to the first, but it had a floor, which usually means it was heavily dipped...and indeed it was. Just a few junk bottles in that one. A good day nonetheless. Pardon my finger haha.
 

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On Sunday I went out with my son and did quite a lot of probing until I found a promising spot. Dug down and found a wooden frame and figured privy, but there was no wood below the first board. Excavated down a ways and noticed that the soil was peeling away from the "walls" in a square...it was indeed a privy but the wood had either rotted away or had been removed at some point. There were a fair number of bottles in it, including a case gin, a few Galveston pharmacy bottles, and a nice and quite scarce Galveston hutch soda that made my day. Found a second privy next to the first, but it had a floor, which usually means it was heavily dipped...and indeed it was. Just a few junk bottles in that one. A good day nonetheless. Pardon my finger haha.
What’s the little amber bottle 4th from the right?
 

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