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My first dig this weekend.

mbsbox

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Oct 31, 2020
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Brand new to the forum and to the whole vintage bottle world. I had passed by a swath of forest in my town hundreds of times by car and bicycle over the years but about 3 weeks ago I had reason to hike nearby on foot and strayed onto this land on my way back to my car. It wasn't long before I noticed dozens of clusters of glass bottles scattered all about and my first thought was that kids probably came back here to drink beers. Closer inspection revealed that there was definitely more going on here than just empties of Bud, but I still really did not know what was going on here until I ran right into a pile of broken milk bottles that had embossed logos of dairies I'd never heard of. Not 10 feet from there i dug up a green Canada Dry bottle that looked really old and a cobalt blue bottle with nothing but an "M" in a circle on the base. Having nothing to carry these in I just laid them against a nearby tree and decided I'd be back soon with a knapsack. That finally came this weekend and I unearthed about 40 bottles of various shapes and sizes and colors. I have a lot of them in a vinegar and baking soda soak right now and I've made ready to clean them thoroughly in the coming days. Thought I'd share a few pics of some of the stranger ones that came somewhat clean with just soap and water. One of them says "C.R. Bailey's Petroleum Jelly" but please, feel free to suggest some ID's for the others. This newbie appreciates any help at all. Thanks !
 

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nhpharm

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Third one is shoe polish (1910's) and the fourth are olive bottles (also 1910's-1920's). Looks like some fair age.
 

embe

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Nice finds, I'm not lazy but finding them on the surface sure beats digging. What does the Canada Dry bottle look like?
 

CanadianBottles

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Looks like you're in a good spot, that C.R. Bailey's is definitely from a good age to be finding stuff from.
 

mbsbox

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Third one is shoe polish (1910's) and the fourth are olive bottles (also 1910's-1920's). Looks like some fair age.
He thank you for the ID's. Never would have guessed food items. They looked pharma to me. I'll have more pics tonight after I clean some more.
 

embe

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Cool Canada Dry, I hoped it would have the vertical writing on the neck, but still pretty clean.

I also agree only a couple olives would fit in those jars (unless my sense of scale is way off)
 

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