Hi willong, thanks for the encouragement. To my knowledge the dump was uncovered during an excavation I’m assuming some years ago. Im not sure the person who gave these away was the digger; he said he had these bottles in his basement and gave them away because he has “too much stuff.” I’ve wondered if he kept the cream of the crop himself; I would have!Welcome to the site catbradford and thanks for arriving with items for "show and tell."
Hanging out here, and watching some of the better YouTube videos on bottle and relic digging, will eventually get you educated on the process of locating privy pits. You certainly live in an adequately historical area for some good finds! Is that dump you mentioned still being dug?
Yes, the Osgood's Cholagogue bottles were made for a VERY LONG time, and there is definitely misinformation online about the city name embossings and cross-referencing those to come up with correct date ranges. I am sure that some of the very latest ones were made in the 1900s or 1910s, maybe even later. There are pontiled variants that look 1840s era, and others (smooth base) that look like they could be from 60-70 years later!! Someone needs to tackle that subject, do some serious in-depth research, and clear up the confusion!!! (Any takers?)I'm afraid that's not a pontil mark, and it's nowhere near as old as the 1850s. Looks more like the base of an 1890s-ish bottle. I'm not sure what's going on with regard to the city name but they must have still been marking their bottles with Norwich long after 1859.