19th Century Bottle Diggers

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Chris Timchak
Member
About Me

Hello fellow members i became a member to 19th century Bottle Diggers on January 5 2015. Lets see where do I start? I am a 50 year old happily married man to my childhood sweetheart. I currently reside in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, a mere 30 miles from Colonial Williamsburg,Historic Jamestown,Yorktown site of many revolutionary War battle and Richmond, once the capital of the confederacy. I have had a passion for historic bottles and glass since I was 9 years old. My grandmother played a role in my passion for glass with a gift of my first bottle which i still proudly display today, a carters Cathedral Master ink,cobalt blue.

I have dug numerous dump sites all over the hampton Roads area,with varying degrees of sucess.I have never had the opportunity to dig any privies, gaining permission to excavate someones backyard is a daunting task to say the least. Participating in a privy dig is at the top of my list of things to do.

Thank you for the opportunity to tell a little about myself. I am passionate about inks bitters sodas flasks and medicines and any pontil bottle.


Bottles

inks, bitters, sodas,whiskey flasks, and medicines


Brian78748
Member
Male
36 years old

Mark
Member
Male
60 years old
About Me

I am new to bottle collecting. I have always collected things in the past. Indian artifacts, coins,fossils, and now bottles. What I enjoy most about collecting anything historic is the story behind each piece. Also the fact that some items have been untouched since lost, thrown away, and or created.

Bottles are my newest hobby. I guess my first old bottle was found while fishing several years ago. It was an old eye dropper bottle that I kept but really did not think too much of it. Just this past year I found an embossed local pint size milk. I was very impressed with the embossed look and at that point I wanted more. I found a spot locally that can be catorized as a 20s dump site due to the fact that many bottles found were of that era after researching the bottle marks they had. I found many different types there and are still finding them today.

Eventually I would love to dig a privy as soon as I find one. Seeing some examples on Antique Bottle Forum just amaze me that there are examples out there that are just awesome.

I guess after this short time involved in this hobby, anything with local embossing on it, embossed meds, and embossed milks are my favorites.


Bottles

Embossed Locals, Embossed Milks, and Embossed Meds


Randy M
Member
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


Todd Hansell
Member
Male
58 years old
About Me


I was born back in the prehistoric days of 1962... by the time I was 6 my dad had stuck a 4 tonged potato rake (with a probe on the other end) in my hands and took me into the woods. He had already been digging and collecting for atleast ten years... well we spotted a rusty agate pot and he started digging and told me to start digging next to him… I found my first bottle and the bottle bug bit me good…

I was an avid digger and collector for about the next twelve years when I discovered beer, girls and cars… I packed up my bottles in boxes and they stayed in boxes for many years…

Earlier this year my two daughter, my wife and I went to Canada and on the way back we stopped at the Corning Museum and I walked into the area where the old bottles were…as I looked I grew amazed and before I realized it that old bottle bug ran up and bit me again. So I soon located my binders of old medicine almanacs and trading cards and then started unpacking my old medicine bottles…

So now… I’m a bottle collector once more… and my father is very excited…

J


Bottles

I collect BIM medicines


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

fun


DavidK
Member
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...



Mike
Member
Male
About Me

I was born in West Willington, Connecticut, and grew up hunting & digging bottles with my older brother in the 1970's.  Even though I now live in Arizona, I'm still a New England bottle guy at heart. My main interests are New England flasks, pontiled medicines & utilities, and all Dr. Kilmer bottles & ephemera.



ol time hardware store
Member
Male
41 years old

Shaun Dorsey
Member
Male
61 years old
About Me

I live in the Potomac Valley of West Virginia. Have been a civil war relic hunter for 30 years. Started digging bottles in March of 2014. Have made some pretty nice finds so far. Can see where this could become an addictive hobby. Between this and relic hunting I've come to the conclusion that I like to play in dirt!


Bottles

Stoneware crocks, 1 gal. whiskey crock, local pharmacy bottle, local soda's, best so far


mick ledwith
Member
Male
66 years old

thedford
Member
Male
50 years old
About Me

I haven't done any bottle digging yet, but always wanted to. I am moving to the country and gettig out of the city. I would love to do some bottle digging in Missouri when I get settled. 


Bottles

none


gordon myers
Member
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
Member
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
Member
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
Member
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.
Member
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
Member
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
Member
Female
About Me

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



Theresa
Member
Female
About Me

I am 42 years old  new to the bottle digging. I started a few months ago when I found a spot on my property where bottles from years ago were dumped. To this day I am still unearthing bottles and now I am hooked.


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