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Went out yesterday and did some probing on a part of the block that we hadn't hit previously. Nothing really jumped out as worth digging but my son dug a small hole where I felt some crunch and pulled out a bit of 1940's stuff and I dug a disturbed area that felt a little different than the rest of the lot; my hole ended up being a small privy loaded with a ton of bricks but with a 1' or so use layer at the bottom. Unfortunately it only had 2 broken and 1 whole bottle in it, but fortunately the whole bottle was a good one-Jno. Parker pharmacy bottle from Galveston. I've been digging Galveston for 10 years and never found one from Parker before that was actually marked Galveston (he has some bottles that are marked from Bowling Green). Filled that hole in and moved back to where I've been digging for the last year and got into a trash pit that was loaded with sauce bottles...mostly Leudemann's Sauce but one Eddys Brand Sauce (never seen one before but I believe this held Eddys Old English Sauce, sold out of New York). Nothing special out of there but at least things were turning up. The milk bottle shard was a Charles Balez bottle; never knew until yesterday that he even had embossed milk bottles.
 

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Headed out Sunday yet again and probed out a spot that felt pretty good and glassy. Glassy it was, but unfortunately not really the sort of glass I was searching for. A bunch of common 1890's bottles plus a few newer plus a few odds and ends. I think my favorite is the big snail shell...wonder what the story was with that...

Still kinda hot but hopefully it was the last hot dig of the year.
 

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Bit late posting, but back in early November, my son and I went out for a dig on a new lot that I thought may have been dug previously but was worth a try. The maps showed a large privy in the center of the lot, so I focused on trying to find it and after a short time probing, I was pretty sure I knew where it was. Opened up a hole and it turned out to be a huge (6' x 8' x 6') privy that had a fairly thin use layer at the bottom and lots of fill that did also have a few bottles in it. Dug some interesting stuff, including a nice Bay Shore Bottling Works hutch from Seabrook, Texas and a few other odds and ends. My son was very excited to dig his first Warner's Safe Cure bottle. Before we filled the privy in, I proved outside the wall on one face and found a small void; chased it and found a large pocket of pieces of stained glass and a few bottles. Kept chasing a few odds and ends along the outside wall of the privy and exposed a square teal colored base...figured it might be a pickle until I exposed one panel that I could see had some embossing...got the "STON" exposed and started to get real excited as it had to be either Boston or Galveston. Finally got it fully exposed and it was one of my bucket list bottles. Devereaux Cordial Gin from Galveston, Texas. Dates to around 1870.
 

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What is the carved stone? Gin is amazing I agree with everyone.
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It is a bisque egg with an African American boy hatching from it. Apparently those were made by some of the doll companies. I believe there are some milk glass figural bottles with the same motif.
 

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Went out for a dig Sunday to a cistern that I first had dug in a little 10 years ago but thought might warrant a bit more attention. Brought in some help as these are always tough to dig with the water and the amount of soil to move. It was great weather and good company and a few interesting things were dug; my takes were a (broken/topless) milk from Galveston that I have not seen before, a red light bulb, a Real Shine shoe shine bottle from Galveston that was made by 3 Rivers, and a few other odds and ends. We dug about 2/3 of the cistern (11' diameter, 6' deep)...not sure if the rest of it is worth digging or not.
 

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