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Plumbata

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I went out digging for the first time in a while earlier today, and figured that the TOC spot found this January would be ready to hit. I had excavated a rather large cavern in the dump and it had caved in soon thereafter, but I wanted the abundant rains to continue settling and collapsing the unstable mess I had left behind. I got in behind a big fallen tree root clump and started attacking the layers. 4.5 hours later here's what I left with:

Note the 4 Weyman's snuff jars and the gallon Macomb jug. So far I've gotten 6 snuff jars and 10 intact jugs, and there are many many more to be had in here. I know this because I saw them at the end of a little tunnel I made today that requires expansion before retrieving more of the good stuff, and the juicy layer was getting damn thick as I kept on trenching in that direction. all 4 druggists came out of that zone too.
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These guys made my day. I love the "Wheel" on the Wheeler bottles. 1 6 ounce I needed, and 2 4 ounce Wheelers of a different and presumably newer style that I have never heard or or seen a shard from before. The ones in the style of the 6 ouncer are quite tough as it is, so finding another variety was really sweet. The last druggist is a 4 ouncer I think I need, not positive though.
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Also got 3 hutches! A dig in this dump isn't complete unless you go home with at least one hutch. 2 are common "The City Bottling Co. Peoria, ILL" examples, and I got another scarce cylindrical Singer hutch. Good times.

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Crier of a local patent med. "Dr. Reeder's syrup of tar and wild cherry bark etc." My hands knew precisely what it was as I grabbed the neck from the darkness, and then my eyes noticed the caved-in side panel. What a pain in my arse.
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As you can see I got a decent number of embossed non-locals too, but compared to my precious Peoria BIMs they are crap. [8D]

Plan to go back there quite soon to do a more involved dig with my father, perhaps on the 5th or 6th, so hopefully we will have some goods to share with y'all shortly.

Good luck and happy digging people! [:)]
 

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I was gonna say Boy did you have fun! but Kate beat me to it. Common or not ya gotta love a tombstone hutch. Lets see more pics of the cups, key, bottle above the key and the flat one second from right please! Nothing like having a stand by dump like that to be digging in.
 

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Nice gets Plumb, you have to love getting decent stoneware and bottles at such a good clip, I look forward to more pics from this site. It was to long between this post and the last one from this dig site...
 

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Can't wait to see what the weekend dig brings you!
 

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Cool diggins . Nice variety. Hope we see more pics.[:D]
 

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Thanks for the kind words people!

Steve - I don't know what the "2nd from right" bottle is that you referred to, but here are the others. A Wilson MFG. Co. Peoria, ILL" flavoring extract, the key (I save copper and brass for scrap, so when I grabbed the wire I was rather surprised to find the key attached to it), and one of the cups. I have over 30 of these guys and I only find them in TOC-1910s deposits. I am pretty sure they had a metal cap and held some sort of fancy preserved food, but clearly could be used as little cups when empty. Also is a neat jar, "Wilson's Pure Food Products Peoria, ILL" which is the smaller of the 2 sizes they used. Most of the time they are cracked or have flakes popped out because of the crude manufacturing and imperfect annealing process, but this one turned out nice.

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The hutches. Although the "City" hutches look like tombstones they are private mold bottles lacking slugplates. The Singer turned out quite nice.

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My precious druggists [:)]. The large Wheeler was loaded with turpentine gunk, so I sprayed inside with carb and choke cleaner, let it sit for 30 minutes, dumped the crap out, then sprayed a little more in and added coarse sand to scrub the remaining residue. Not perfect but it is way better now. I found a smaller Wheeler last time out too. I really like these guys.

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And check out this wild hutch I dug last time digging here. I was NOT expecting a Texas bottle to pop out in Peoria. Cursory research indicates it is probably a 30-40 dollar bottle, so it will be sold sooner or later.

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