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Got good news though, as I was leaving, at the front of the property, I found this fine Gem (not) Instead of 1850's it's more like 1950's. Anybody know what the hell this funny looking bottle is? I find these all the time & usually leave them behind. also at front was another broken bottom, this one saying C&C Co Lim which would probably date it around turn of the century 1900. LEON.
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I went out for my 1/2 lunch break today & drove around looking for more tore down Houses in the big city of Detroit since I work in Detroit. If you followed my many other stories over the Years I'm always finding Bottles behind Demolished torn down Houses or at Construction sites. Today no different, only today got a surprise. The area is mostly Houses around he 1900-1920 time frame, maybe some 1890's at most/oldest. I see some dirt piles & pallets of cinder Blocks like they are getting ready to build something. In this Field, I see a big square shaped Trench with piles of dirt along edge of Trench. This trench is I assume going to be the Foundation of this Building, seen them do this many times before, they dig a trench like 2 feet wide & 2-3 feet deep & then fill this trench full of Concrete & steel rebar rods & cinder blocks, ect., ect. I walk along the dirt pile looking for Bottles or shards that they dug out of Trench. Aint finding much, cleaner then usual. I get to back corners & figure this is where the good stuff will be. First back corner not much, couple of shards of Broken Plates or cups. Move across back & not much BUT then I get to the other back corner & I see the bottom of a Bottle shard sticking up in the dirt. I figure probably the bottom of like a 1910 Crown top., which is typical & common in this area. I pull it out of dirt & look at it, it looks like it's got a kick up like you seen on the bottom of Wine or Champagne Bottles. I start wiping the dirt off bottom & I say NO WAY, That aint a kick up, That's a Iron Pontil. No big deal if you dig in the east where they are more common but not common at all in Detroit area. What was more surpring is It was totally unexpected in a newer 1900+ area. I'm like how did something this old from 1850's get here?????? I wanted to look in Trench to see where it came from. But trench was totally covered under tarps & bricks holding tarps down. Plus I had no shovel. I'm going to have to come back tomorrow & take a extra long Lunch break, see if I can shovel through that dirt pile & take a peek under tarp. Wish me luck. LEON.

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Wow, what a shame that one was broken! It's funny how these old shards sometimes show up in places you wouldn't expect them, with nothing else around. I found a similar pontil-age piece in Ottawa, where we also never find anything from that era, but after searching and searching couldn't even find any other pieces of the bottle. Could be that they get brought in as fill from older areas, maybe. Or discarded by farmhouses that were there before the area was subdivided.
As for that newer bottle, I think those are olive oil. Here's an ad for a similar one:
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Keep looking,they never found Jimmy Hoffa yet.

That's funny. Here's a story for you if you want to hear it. About 10 Years ago, I was digging in a 1950's Beer Can/Soda Dump in Rochester Michigan (oakland county) I told people in the Beer can site where I was digging, a few weeks later on the local Detroit News they had a Story where they were searching for & digging with a Back Hoe for Jimmy Hoffa. Seems they got a tip from old Mobster or Mobsters relative on where to dig. News gave the location of the 2 big main cross streets in Rochester. And coincidently it was right near where I was digging & I wondered WOW, Thats a coincident. LEON.
 

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Wow, what a shame that one was broken! It's funny how these old shards sometimes show up in places you wouldn't expect them, with nothing else around. I found a similar pontil-age piece in Ottawa, where we also never find anything from that era, but after searching and searching couldn't even find any other pieces of the bottle. Could be that they get brought in as fill from older areas, maybe. Or discarded by farmhouses that were there before the area was subdivided.
As for that newer bottle, I think those are olive oil. Here's an ad for a similar one:
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Thanks for that info, sure looks pretty similar to my Bottle. I'm going to assume that's what it is. Answers a long-wondered question I had. THANKS, LEON.
 
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That's funny. Here's a story for you if you want to hear it. About 10 Years ago, I was digging in a 1950's Beer Can/Soda Dump in Rochester Michigan (oakland county) I told people in the Beer can site where I was digging, a few weeks later on the local Detroit News they had a Story where they were searching for & digging with a Back Hoe for Jimmy Hoffa. Seems they got a tip from old Mobster or Mobsters relative on where to dig. News gave the location of the 2 big main cross streets in Rochester. And coincidently it was right near where I was digging & I wondered WOW, Thats a coincident. LEON.
He's probably in a lot of different places. That's part of the fun, You never know what you're going to find.
 
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That's funny. Here's a story for you if you want to hear it. About 10 Years ago, I was digging in a 1950's Beer Can/Soda Dump in Rochester Michigan (oakland county) I told people in the Beer can site where I was digging, a few weeks later on the local Detroit News they had a Story where they were searching for & digging with a Back Hoe for Jimmy Hoffa. Seems they got a tip from old Mobster or Mobsters relative on where to dig. News gave the location of the 2 big main cross streets in Rochester. And coincidently it was right near where I was digging & I wondered WOW, Thats a coincident. LEON.
I'm sure some people will probably call me a cynic if I suggest that was no coincidence; that someone (perhaps named named Leon?) called in an anonymous tip in order to get the government to do some exploratory digging with backhoes and save himself a bunch of back-breaking labor. Thus, I will not suggest such was the case.
 

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I'm sure some people will probably call me a cynic if I suggest that was no coincidence; that someone (perhaps named named Leon?) called in an anonymous tip in order to get the government to do some exploratory digging with backhoes and save himself a bunch of back-breaking labor. Thus, I will not suggest such was the case.

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I'm sure some people will probably call me a cynic if I suggest that was no coincidence; that someone (perhaps named named Leon?) called in an anonymous tip in order to get the government to do some exploratory digging with backhoes and save himself a bunch of back-breaking labor. Thus, I will not suggest such was the case.

Reminds me of that show Masterminds. "And he simply just kept calling in anonymous tips and the government kept digging, and he kept swooping in and picking up the valuable artifacts the backhoes excavated." Would make a great episode! :D
 

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