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I'll try :). Its a long haul. I was sad to miss it this year.
 

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I went out last weekend and came home with mostly odds and ends.....buttons, marbles, pipe bowl, doll pieces, and a first, what appears to be part of a rosary. A few bottles too.

Find of the day was this J. BOURNE master ink. From the research I've done, he purchased the Codnor Park factory in 1833, and added "& SON" to the company in the early 1850s. If the bottle is from that date range, it makes it the oldest bottle I've ever dug, and strangely a good 15ish years older then anything I've dug at this particular site. If anyone can confirm or tighten that date range, I'd appreciate it.
 

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I found a little 3x3 privy on my last trip out. The find of the day was a Drakes Plantation Bitters. The small cyndrical bottle has an open pontil. The Durkees is the earliest I have seen, but thats not saying much.

Also fun, I've found many clay pipe bowls, but on this trip I found my first decorated one. IRELAND FOREVER.
 

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Now to bring things back down to earth haha...I went out last Sunday with a friend and my three kids. We moved a lot of dirt including from one small privy and brought home what is pictured...a bunch of dollar bottles/slicks, one absinthe bottle, and the prize of the day, a very nice Schoolfield pharmacy bottle from the early 1880's. Been digging now for 10 years in Galveston and this is the first of this variation I have found from him, so I went home with a smile on my face.
 

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Dug a heartbreaker on my last trip out. My first ever shards of the rare JJ Schott Lighthouse bottle. Would have been a 12" tall blob. Pretty sure it depicts the Lighthouse on Bolivar Peninsula, which still stands. Find of the day was this cobalt blue beauty.
 

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Dug a heartbreaker on my last trip out. My first ever shards of the rare JJ Schott Lighthouse bottle. Would have been a 12" tall blob. Pretty sure it depicts the Lighthouse on Bolivar Peninsula, which still stands. Find of the day was this cobalt blue beauty.

I don’t think the bottle depicts the Bolivar peninsula lighthouse. Just a generic lighthouse to fit a nautical theme, especially for Galveston. I hope they restore the old Bolivar lighthouse soon. It’s not in the best shape. I like to say that that is what capitalism does to historical structures. Just saying…


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Went out Sunday and dug a couple of holes. It was beautiful out but definitely hinting at summer! Nonetheless, got into some really neat stuff and drove home happy. The Hyatt's does have a 2" crack in the lip and one of the hutch sodas and both of the pharmacy bottles were cracked as well, but the ladies leg bottle was perfect as was the rarer of the two hutch sodas.
 

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The last two digs have been a bit quiet so I just got around to washing things up. A couple weeks ago I rustled up a few odds and ends out of a couple of tiny but early trash pits...but nothing of note. Yesterday we tried another lot...first privy was pontil era but had been previously dug-still did get a few bottles out of one corner that the previous digger didn't quite get to, but they were common stuff and not pontiled. My son probed out a spot and dug is first privy, and it was also pontil era. Sadly it just had a few smooth based slicks in it, but he was exited. Lots of marbles, buttons, doll parts, and pipes, so that was fun. Hopefully the next dig will be more productive!
 

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This was yesterday's heartbreaker. Quite rare, I believe. Pontiled.
 

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