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Slowmovangogh

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I have been digging a turn of the century dump that I got a tip on lately. I have been coming up with mostly blob beers (exactly what I am looking for) towards the bottom. From what I can tell the dump was used from the late 1890s to probably around the 1920s. I was collapsing some of the overburden in my current hole and when I went to clean it out, this odd, green, glass something or other appeared in my shovel. I can't say if it was towards the top or middle layers. Regardless, I have no idea what it is. I would have thought a small kerosene lamp, but it has ground lip and no thread for the burner. It seems an odd shape for a vase. The other is an odd ceramic cone thingy that was along the bottom layer. It is very crude but is glazed so it appears to have been made for some purpose. Any ideas on either?
 

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I've seen video of other diggers on video, who were presumably knowledgeable, retrieving items they described as lamps that had the same type of sheared and ground opening. That was a pretty one! Perhaps if it was rare and blown in mold, and not a free-blown art piece, a person might restore it with epoxy castings by pulling a silicone rubber mold of the intact petal.

If that ceramic item had any real purpose, all I could guess would be either a homemade stopper for something like an industrial drain or perhaps a standoff such as painters use several of to hold a panel away from a surface in order to paint edges and allow them to dry without sticking to the surface.
 

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I have a suggestion - I would try posting a couple pics and asking about that glass piece on one of the Facebook EAPG (Early American Pattern Glass) collecting discussion groups. If that item is from the late 1890s or early 1900s, I am sure someone will be able to identify it or at least give you some good feedback. The best group on Facebook about older American glassware is this one (Early American Pattern Glass Society). There are 26,000 members on this group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/146031692077139
No strings attached to join, but might be a short delay before being approved for membership.

Technically it may not fall under the classification of "pattern glass" but the members of that group are VERY knowledgeable and helpful on identifying various types of glassware from that time period.
 

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I've got a lamp with a very jagged burst top like those UK inks have, so presumably the older lamp tops clamped on somehow rather than screwing on. My vote is for a lamp as well.
 

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I have been digging a turn of the century dump that I got a tip on lately. I have been coming up with mostly blob beers (exactly what I am looking for) towards the bottom. From what I can tell the dump was used from the late 1890s to probably around the 1920s. I was collapsing some of the overburden in my current hole and when I went to clean it out, this odd, green, glass something or other appeared in my shovel. I can't say if it was towards the top or middle layers. Regardless, I have no idea what it is. I would have thought a small kerosene lamp, but it has ground lip and no thread for the burner. It seems an odd shape for a vase. The other is an odd ceramic cone thingy that was along the bottom layer. It is very crude but is glazed so it appears to have been made for some purpose. Any ideas on either?
Could each be an early insulator, that is all I can think of.
 

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