Recent finds from the flask dump

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I headed back out to a surface dump I came across this spring and took along a probe I made from some 3/16” steel rod I had laying around. It’s L shaped and about 16” in length. It works perfect for most of the dumps I find that are just below the surface and usually full of roots. I can poke around and only dig in places I hear glass instead of fighting the roots to expose what’s underneath.
Here’s my take from the dump.

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Pre prohibition beer a long ways from home.
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Found two of these blown flask’s the other one is complete but it has flash cracks.
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My first cork top bromo surprisingly enough.
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All of the clear bottles besides 3 of the half pint flasks have a purple tint to the glass.
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Second complete milk I’ve found. It has damage but I was able to glue the broken piece back in place. Pre 1915 I’m guessing. It has a purple tint visible at the base.
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John W. Ladd Co. Saginaw and Detroit
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Here’s the smalls. Paper shotgun shell, Overall button and a shell button. I was also able to salvage the lid on the milk glass jar that also has nice grey swirls mixed in the glass
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Full pint flasks
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Half pint flasks
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Size comparison.
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There were lots of broken bottles as well including two different locals beers, a slick strap sided flask, multiple embossed medicines and a stoneware jug. Due to its location and no homesteads near by I’m guessing that this was a possible logging camp dump but I’m not sure. I don’t think I’m finished at this place but I’m gonna take a break for now to explore new areas!


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That pre pro bottle is very cool. Anything with a star on it displays very nicely.


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Thanks it was definitely my favorite from the dig. Next time I’m hoping the local beer is intact instead but I’ll take an embossed beer any day!
 

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Thought I should share my homemade mini probe Incase anyone was curious as to what it looks like.
I was in a hurry so I didn’t have time to oil the handle before getting it all covered in dirt.
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I've found a few Ohio Bottles here in Michigan. Nice Button. LEON.

It does make the back story a little more interesting on how the bottle got up here. Was it brought up by a man traveling by train or steamship? I guess will never know. Not sure how far beer was distributed before prohibition, maybe a couple cases were hauled up this way. Either way this was the only one on the dig site no shards or broken pieces.


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Found one in the digging bag, stuffed it in the side pocket and forgot it was there for 3 weeks. Turned out being the only blown medical bottle I found that day. Lots of bubbles, purple tint to the glass and a crooked neck. Happy to find this one :)

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