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Your Best Heartbreaker

deepwoods

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Heres a topic for all diggers that I havnt seen covered - and Im sure the privy diggers will win this one, but you never know - whats your best (or, worst) heart breaker? Mines a very, cherry-puce, Lancaster Glass Works flask that I dug pieces of last year, followed by a broken, deep blue green, iron pontiled Dr. Townsends. How about you folks?
 

Bixel

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My biggest heartbreaker would be finding 3, count em, 3 broken Hamilton Glass Works wax sealers in 1 hole ( check your Red Book for those ones, i think like 250-300?). The best condition one had the base broken off, but the base was never recovered.....
 

deepwoods

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Kyle - Ouch! I hope you got something decent out of that dig anyway. The day I found that Lancaster there was also pieces of a Cornucopia Urn flask, and some broken Saratogas. I think I looked heavanward at some point and said "Why do you mock me?" lol.
 

dirtflicker

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I have two heartbreakers that I remember well.....

The first was digging all the pieces to a pontiled STODDARD Demijon (circa 1850's)....all 10 of them.

The second was digging a honey amber Log cabin bitters...otherwise known as a drakes plantation bitters.

I am certain there are more but those are two I can remember the best.

DF
 

PhilaBottles

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the most vivid one was walking into a house during a house sale, and walking past a guy taking out a pontiled soda collection. Then i asked the lady how much she sold them for, then she told me 5 dollars. then i told her what they were worth. and then i left looking for the guy and he vanished. then i was left thinking. thinking. what if i got up sooner. i remember the blues and greens and oh man.
 

bottleboy311

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Nov 22, 2005
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Central Florida
Back about 25 years ago in California, we pulled out an 8" Owl Drug Single Winged Square Colbalt Blue Medcine. Nice bottle back than it was worth $150 pluss. It is hard to find especailly in that size. When we took it out of the ground it was in one piece. However, 5 minutes latter, it was just sitting all alone, I looked at it and it was in four pieces. I figured the shock of coming out of the dirt broke it up. maybe the tempeture change had something to do with it.
 

Gunsmoke47

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My biggest heartbreaker was a quart Cobalt USA Hosp. Dept. bottle. I've seen those go anywhere from $1,800.00 to $3,800.00 in near mint condition. In the same pit was a broken Gem Butter Jar 5 lbs. They are around $600.00-$700.00. Can't remember if me or Pitfinder dug the shards but we were both there and we both cried. It was however, a very good pit to us so I harbor no ill feelings to the Bottle Gods.[:D] Kelley
 

deepwoods

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bottleboy - Ive had something similar happen a couple of times. Now, whenever I dig a decent bottle, I let it sit in the cool dirt and "acclimate" for about 5 minute or so. It seems to help.
 

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