This past month's many finds from the "Roaring '20s Dump", including Silver and Gold!

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Plumbata

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Whelp, it's been a while since posting any digs, so I'll be sharing a selection of the many discoveries made in my generous 1920s dump. It will take a while to round-up the many worthy finds made during this chilly digging season, so feel free to check for updates! For starters, here are the delicious precious metal eyeball finds I've made! Here is everything collected together. 113 grams of silver flatware in varying degrees of corrosion due to the chemically harsh environment of the dump. The 1946 quarter was eyeballed along a creekbank dump from the 1910s-1950s.
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40.3 gram large Coin silver (0.900) spoon, engraved with "Johnny Jany 1st /68" on the rear, (New Years 1868). Pretty kickass find considering it was dumped 60 years after it was made. The "Matson & Hoes" firm was based in Chicago from 1864-1867, though clearly may have been in partnership for a short time in '68.
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20.06 gram Sterling spoon with nice engraved floral design, found yesterday.
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1.75 gram, 20 karat gold ring eyeballed before shoveling it out of my hole. My first "true" gold dump find (not including some gold dentures found in a 40s dump when I was 9)
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And a Gold-Filled "Eversharp" mechanical pencil. I will probably try soaking it in concentrated Nitric acid to dissolve the copper alloy foundation underlying the gold foil. I think it is 14K but see no markings.
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Some dig/in-situ shots. In this section of the dump, one can expect many milk and soda bottles. That big cylinder is an ungainly ~100lb hot water tank. Once removed, prime bottles were located piled up behind it.
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A rusted bucket (part of the rim visible in bottom half and center of image) which i identified as the source of the 29 BIM cylindrical "Liquid Opeldeldoc" meds I've dug so far. Never dug one before. Definitely a late-throw-cache and very fun to find. There were 5 or so more of them beneath the 4 visible ones.
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32 ounce BIM Higgins master ink
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Scarce local soda:
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Different area of the dump, which contains my prized late BIM local druggists.
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I've dug many nice bottles and additions to the Peoria collection, so check back for more pics as I get around to processing all the stuff I've dug. Happy hunting everybody!
 

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I love that time pried , a time of true prosperity . As far as bottles are concerned most if not all are machine made , but a lot have character , and there's a big variety in sodas ,milks and medicine's . great dig man!
 

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Thanks for the comments friends! Sunrunner, I agree about the time period being very interesting digging. Enough Canadian/British whiskey bottles are present to suggest that a bunch of people in the area continued boozing it up throughout Prohibition. I've found plenty other pieces of silver from the dump so obviously the people were pretty well-off, which also means that more and better bottles can be found. Late-throws are somewhat plentiful here (got a rare hutch I needed a few weeks ago), along with lots of BIM slicks which keep things interesting. No poisons yet though (and I've moved a bunch of dirt), which is unusual. The BIM druggists I find here actually are from the 1920s though, the very last blown bottles from Peoria that I'm aware of, from a pharmacy that operated from 1921 to 1937. I now have the full run from 1/2 ounce to 8 ounces, which I'm very happy about because they are rather rare (well, not so rare in this dump, but aside from that they are extremely hard to find according to the ole' timers). More pics will be coming soon.
 

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Here are a few more finds from the heap I've accumulated: Superb Native American pestle/nut cracker/mano, about 7 inches long, with no damage as is often seen on larger field finds. My first dump-dug Indian artifact!
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2 BIM CFJCo 1858 masons, a quart and a lovely midget! Found the midget behind the top end of that water tank I photographed in the hole.
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A very rare Peoria skin cream bottle, produced by the McDougal's Pharmacy (dug a quart and many smaller sizes of the standard bottles from them with the same script font and made by the same glass company). As can be seen, I dug 2 broken ones before lucking out and uncovering a perfect one. Only took me 7 years, lol! From what I've heard, only 2 or 3 are known to exist. Doesn't make it terribly valuable, but it is a special find for me.
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Nice Finds, Congrats. Any Pics of the Hutch? LEON.
 

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Plumbata, great post! Can't get enough of those in situ shots. Don't you just love those late throws? They pop up and hit you when you least expect it. Many great finds including the gold. Makes me wonder how much I've left behind by not sifting. Wishing you continued success and please keep posting. Thanks, Bass
 

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