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Galveston Dig

nhpharm

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A little while back I had a mediocre dig that I didn't post about, but looking back on it, it really wasn't too bad a dig. Dug a Gust. Feist Tabasco competitor bottle from Galveston (there are two versions of these and this version I had never dug intact) out of a big privy (that was otherwise basically empty) and this cool British medicine (Morton's Chok Marafet) in cornflower blue out of an early 1880's trash pit.
 

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nhpharm

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Went out on Saturday and dug a bunch of newer shallow trash pits. A bit of a slow day but did dig one of the nicer-looking Galveston hutch sodas (Oleander City), a couple tooled top crowns (including a pretty scarce one), a raised letter Houston Dr. Pepper, a couple of "Deco" Man's Size bottles (always loved those!) and a ton of "dollar bottles" (Bromo's, poisons, etc.). Found a few milks too but they were all damaged...stuff in pits this shallow tends to be damaged as it wasn't well protected.
 

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nhpharm

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Dug this in a privy my last trip out. Looks a bit like an ink bottle but has an almost completely enclosed top with just a tiny broken off opening that looks like there could have been more to it. Anyone have any ideas what it is?
 

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sandchip

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That one has me confounded. Looks sorta like a bottle blown in a full height blowback mold retaining the blowover, but it's not that. I wonder if the gaffer was making some kind of whimsey using an ink mold. Cool and unique for sure.
 

nhpharm

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Last weekend I dug a huge trash pit/privy hole. In addition to the strange bottle I posted earlier, I rustled up a pile of bottles including the ones in the photos. My favorite is the strange bottle with the Native American head embossed on it. The jug looks to be 2 gallon...probably the largest I have dug intact. Some nice early Hutch sodas.
 

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CanadianBottles

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Those are some great finds! Never seen one in that shape before, I'm guessing it's a perfume but not certain. And I love the "Open All Night" embossing on those pharmacies, don't think I've seen that embossed on a drug store bottle before. Probably weren't that many open all night back then, even today there aren't that many all-night drugstores.
 

nhpharm

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Also dug this neat old master ink bottle, a Washington, Indiana 1915 Coke, and a bit of a heartbreaker...Dr. McGork's Drug Store bottle...first I had seen from this Galveston pharmacy.
 

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Lordbud

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The perfume bottle with the embossed head is a good one. Don't let it go for cheap. That is a keeper for sure. Along with the Galveston dandy flask. I'm not an expert on local bottles from Texas but I'd guess the pharmacies from Galveston are also good ones for keeping. Or for sale to a Texas specialist's collection.
 

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