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Yep...as far as I am aware, Texas had a total of 3 different Codds from 2 different companies. The Mignon Bottling Works had them from Galveston, and the Star Bottling Works had two different versions of them from Houston. All are extremely rare...used for just a short period of time and then even more handicapped for survival because every child wanted the marble out of them.
 

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Here is the newer of the two versions of the Star from Houston.
 

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Went out on Saturday for one last dig in 2022. It had rained a few inches in Galveston a few days before and it made digging this sandy lot a real mess. Holes kept filling with water and caving in. Dug 3 holes; all three had stuff in them but it was a battle all day to keep them from flooding. First hole had a rare but damaged hutch soda from Galveston in it. Second hole had a very rare quart Galveston Brewing beer bottle in it; these are very tough to find and this was definitely the find of the day. In the second hole, there was an earlier area that dove down and was super sandy and wet and we found a pickle jar, a heartbreaker 16 ounce Galveston pharmacy bottle, and a headless 2 gallon demijohn in it. The third hole had dozens of slick flasks and pharmacy bottles in it but did turn up one Galveston crown top soda...always nice to find something local. Nonetheless, hopefully the next time I go out the water will be less of an issue...it was a battle all day.
 

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Went out on Saturday for one last dig in 2022. It had rained a few inches in Galveston a few days before and it made digging this sandy lot a real mess. Holes kept filling with water and caving in. Dug 3 holes; all three had stuff in them but it was a battle all day to keep them from flooding. First hole had a rare but damaged hutch soda from Galveston in it. Second hole had a very rare quart Galveston Brewing beer bottle in it; these are very tough to find and this was definitely the find of the day. In the second hole, there was an earlier area that dove down and was super sandy and wet and we found a pickle jar, a heartbreaker 16 ounce Galveston pharmacy bottle, and a headless 2 gallon demijohn in it. The third hole had dozens of slick flasks and pharmacy bottles in it but did turn up one Galveston crown top soda...always nice to find something local. Nonetheless, hopefully the next time I go out the water will be less of an issue...it was a battle all day.
Nice finish for the year. Hope 2023 is productive for you. That's a great beer. Wouldn't mind having an example in my collection. Thanks for sharing and put my name on the next one you find.
 

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Went out Saturday for a dig...lot had dried out some but it looks like at about 4-4.5' water table will be a problem regardless. Nonetheless, dug two holes...first hole had some bottles super shallow...some unmarked slick quart beers, some big whiskies (also slick), and some quart milk bottles. Found four that were whole...three embossed and one slick. I had never seen the Weaver before and had previously only seen a pint of the Schaper. It is extremely rare to dig quart milks in Galveston...in 10 years of digging there I have only found perhaps 5 in reasonable condition. Dug these three practically before the sun came up so it was already a good day! The hole was strange...almost like someone had laid these bottles in a low spot to bring the level of the lot up or something; they were literally side by side in the hole. Dug a second hole that ended up being a super trashy trash pit but in which unfortunately almost everything was broken. I pulled out a great little 1/2 ounce Galveston pharmacy bottle and a few other odds and ends. The hole opened up into a small barrel privy, but the privy was completely devoid of any bottles. Behind the privy I found this gorgeous emerald green rolled lip ink bottle, so was super excited to find that. At the very top of the hole was the nice crown top Marschner with the super thick base glass. Just a great day of adding to the collection-definitely went home with a smile on my face! The heartbreaker was a Peachstone Liniment from Dallas...so far as I am aware there are no intact examples of this larger size known...it's a great 1870's medicine from Texas.
 

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Some nice finds, Congrats. You forgot to mention straight sided Coke? LEON.
 

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Yeah...dug a SS Galveston Coke, but badly cracked as this style usually is. They are quite scarce, so I am typically able to market them even when they are as damaged as this one is.
 

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