19th Century Bottle Diggers

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Brian78748
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Male
36 years old

Randy M
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Male
65 years old
About Me

Live in Belmont, North Carolina. Collect bitters, pontil medicines, and mineral water bottles.


Bottles

Bitters, Pontil Medicines, Mineral Water


Jeffrey Boarts
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Male
60 years old
About Me
I've known Ricky since we were in third grade
Bottles

fun


DavidK
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Male
About Me

   Ok here we go.   Born and raised in Detroit.  Moved to New York state after military service.

  The past 20+ years I have actually been collecting and studying fruit jars.  But the  past couple year I have gotten more and more intrested in early bottles.  

    I will admit, I know not a friggin thing about bottles.  I had a hard enough time with jars.  Bottles, much more vast, although alot were made by the same glass  houses as jars were made.

    I have always loved the hunt.  I use to dig old dumps in the Adirondacks, but the offering was pretty limited.  Then I ran across a couple articles on privy digging and have gotten greatly intrested.

     Recently my wife and I purchased our first property in the north western part of Albany county.  It is a very early piece that was one of the first to have a house built back in 1859.

     So getting some information on digging and yes, looking for the former site of the privy..being 1859...there is one here and hopefully has a few pieces awaiting.

      Anyone in this "neck of the woods" is more than welcome to contact me, maybe give me some pointers on looking for the privy.

      The property is still the original as the from the first survey...



mick ledwith
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Male
66 years old

gordon myers
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Male
59 years old
About Me

I have been digging dumps since 1968 , . Its the thrill of the hunt , and the knowledge of finding lost treasures that drives me foreward.



Robin Weant
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Female
About Me

I am a 53 year old insainly crazy bottle digger , found an old dump on my property in Lewisville  NC and have been producing many different types of vintage milk, lemonade, and soda bottles . I have also found older 1870s medicine bottles so much fun .I am going to be listing( sell real estate) a restored mid 19th century home and want to ask owner if I can find the old privy and dig,before we sell, should be fun.




Bottles

1880s


MasonG
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Male
54 years old
About Me

I'm a newbie wannabe bottle digger. I have eyeballed old bottles in the forest preserves around Chicago and such, and I am an avid detectorist for old coins and for Civil War relics down south of course. If anyone in the Chicago/Illinois/Indiana/Ohio/Iowa/Missouri area needs some help digging I would be a willing volunteer to learn from a pro or at least somebody more experienced than I ! I do have a 5' privy probe that I found sticking out of the ground in the woods actually, I guess they either got chased off quickly or got distracted and couldn't find it again.

I recently bought a huge historic gold mine in Colorado, near Telluride, and I can't wait to go out there this April or May and try to find the trash dumps and privys, as well as the gold. I guess this will be another form of gold! Many hundreds of men worked at this mine from 1870 thru the 50's, so there HAS to be some good dumps and privys around there, no? There are collapsed buildings as well, and one still standing. Anybody have any past experience of where miners would construct a privy on the side of a mountain?? I'd appreciate any advice please. 

I guess I will post any bottle finds I make out there this spring and summer and will keep you posted!

Thanks and I'm looking forward to jumping in to this angle of the hobby!



The Corbetts
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Male
55 years old
About Me

Born in Massachusetts but having lived in Maine most of my life, I am a self-employed house painter. I've collected bottles since the late 1970's and have an interest in most glass so long as it's older than 1900. Particularly fond of medicines, inks, bitters, scents, scroll and sunburst flasks and early snuff and blacking bottles. If it has a sloppy lip, whittling and an open pontil then that's the realm of dreams fulfilled!



Michael T.
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Male
52 years old
About Me

Greetings!  I am new to bottle collecting and am looking forward to my first ever digging expedition - if you have any digs in or near southeastern Pennsylvania, my labor is dirt cheap.  Any information or skills you are willing to share, I am more than willing to learn.  I have started collecting medicine, poison, blob top, inks and hutches.  The more color and embossment, the better.  My love of history matches very well with this incredible hobby.  Should anyone care to reach out, my address is travis.keuka@yahoo.com.  Happy collecting and happy digging.



Klunk
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Male
About Me

I'm 41 years old and only been collecting a short time. I have mostly soda bottles so far. I would like to get into privy and dump digging. I'd like to find a digging partner who could help me learn the hobby. I'm from Weaver in northeast Alabama. 


Bottles

Anything old


Ginsing
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Female
About Me

Bottle admirer. I have a crazy cousin who writes great articles and digs up cool stuff. :D



Doug Sagrillo
Member
Male
70 years old
About Me

Hi, my name is Doug, I live in Colorado and love digging privies, trash pits and wells.  I have been digging since 1973 and was co-author of Colorado antique bottles written in 1976.  I am heading to the Southern, Midwest and some of the eastern states in May for about 3 to 4 weeks for digging.  Hope to meet some of you guys and maybe dig some bottles.  I especially love 1870's and earlier.  Love that pontiled stuff.





ohioprivydigger
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Male
47 years old
About Me

I have been privies for about 25 years


Bottles

Bottles, redware, mochaware and lacy glass


kimberly scrib
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Female
About Me

im an artist, librarian, and writer who just moved from ridgecrest,ca. to fallon,nevada. im an collector of  bottles-(my fave)-as well as buttons,skelaton keys,and many other items i dig up! i find the history intriguing and a really fun way to learn about how people lived in the past. i am still a beginner, but hopefully this site will allow me to meet others with the same interests and encourage me to go further with this hobby of mine! ive got so many questions..



Johnnyfive Collectables
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Male
About Me

I collect all sorts of things but in the bottle realm I have a passion for collecting baby feeders and apothecary bottles. I also like inks and gums, black glass and gold fields bottles.


Bottles

Baby feeders (nursers)


Richard E. Stewart
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Male
About Me

Professional artist for 25 years. Love all the gifts that our creator has given us , and I also really did the relics and bottles that man has left to us all!. Got a 1870-80 Stagecouch Roadhou8se dig comming up!!! Pretty excited, just hope I can llacate everything? Glad to be on Board!


Bottles

Got a dated 1875 "Planet Sour Mash Bottle I can't find anything on. Anybody know about them? Richard


Mindi
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Female

treskotdigger
Member
Male
33 years old

imayoungbottledigger
Member
Male
22 years old
About Me

I am not your averge 14 year old boy, i spend most of my days in the woods insted of inside playing xbox. i have run out of places to dig and interested into finding a new dump/outhouse. if any of you could tell me how to locate a dump/outhouse please share!

my collection includes:
1.blob tops

2. Daireis

3. medecines

4.sodas

5.random bits



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