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Harry Pristis

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Jul 24, 2003
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Northcentral Florida
Wanted to ask about another bottle I came across, bottle on the left is just like the one I need info on, are these referred to as a "pig nose" bottle?, if so, what kind of date range is this style bottle?, thanks again.View attachment 193171
It's a mineral water bottle with a simple "bead" lip. Dates to TOC20.
 

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photolith

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Nov 4, 2019
88
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Pittsburgh
Went digging today along the Ohio River near Sistersville, WV and dug up a freakin straight side arrow Coke from Cleveland. I don't have a single coke in my collection, let alone an amber tooled top coke. I only dug out 2 other unbroken in good condition bottles from the river side today and the coke and these other 2 cleaned up nicely.

Untitled by photolitherland, on Flickr

The coke is in pretty good condition and I believe all the wear on the bottle, specifically on the embossing on the bottom is from rubbing against other bottles during the cleaning process after the bottle was returned to the bottling plant, when they would re-use them.

Untitled by photolitherland, on Flickr
 

Relicdigger16

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Nov 21, 2019
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I used to belong to this forum, (as photolitherland, you can still search my finds on here as the Litherland collection (all burnt up and melted now)) has been about 11 years since I posted to here, as my bottle collection that I had dug for in Arkansas, Texas and New Orleans melted in a storage unit fire in Houston. I lost nearly everything. Damned near 300 hutches, iron pontils, historic flasks, blobs, inks, bitters, etc.

I recently started digging and buying again to rebuild it. I've dug some stuff up here on the Ohio River and random creeks/construction sites in Pittsburgh after I moved here about 7 years ago, but it had seemed that most of the bottle dumps had been cleared out long ago. I finally found a bottle dump after years of searching near Carnegie, PA in the past couple of months and it piqued my interest in collecting bottles again, after being dismayed by everything I lost. Anyways, Ill be posting my finds from this dump once I start taking some photos; as logging into this website and registering has been screwy the past few weeks, but it finally worked. Anyways, here's one starter photo of a super nicely embossed Hutch from prob 1900 or so I got out of the dump with other inks and whatnot from it, minus the historic flask on the left; which I bought today at the Pittsburgh Bottle Show.

ACV_6512 by photolitherland, on Flickr
 

Relicdigger16

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Nov 21, 2019
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3
Some other new stuff.

ACV_6528

ACV_6516
Pittsburgh historical flask

ACV_6523

ACV_6526

ACV_6527
Found this Hutch at a construction site sitting in a pile of dirt in the Southside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where most of the bottle works were historically.

ACV_6536
This is some of the stuff that survived the fire, along with a few of the new bottles Ive found. Im so glad my blown decanter in the back survived, its from about 1830 and made in either Ohio or the Pittsburgh area and found it in a barn near New Orleans.
 

photolith

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Nov 4, 2019
88
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Pittsburgh
Its the only bottle I have thats slightly sun bleached, as I don't usually like that purplish chemical reaction in the glass. But, that was one of the first bottles I bought like ten years ago before I knew much about the hobby. Its Higgins Ink from Brooklyn, NY.
 

photolith

Well-Known Member
Nov 4, 2019
88
18
Pittsburgh
Upon further research it appears that red amber liquor I just purchased is mostly like not mid 1800s but most likely 1880's-1915 or 20 and from Europe and not America due to the d shaped handle which I didnt recognize at first as a d shaped handle; which I guess is indicative of late 1800's to early 1900s liquor bottles in Germany or thereabouts. No matter, its still a sick bottle and at least its not a modern repro; which is all I care about avoiding.
 

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