Category: Bottle Digging

Salsbury Mass, privy dig

I only got one video from this privy dig last week in Massachusetts before my phone battery died.  I don’t get a chance to dig many privies.  I have discovered that the odds of finding a bottle filled privy here in New England, is…

Digging and Diving Podcast

This is a telephone interview that my daughter Annie did with me, for her media marketing project at college.  She is the one responsible for the creation of this blog. Scroll down for the link to the interview! Created by Annie Hepburn, interviewing Bram…

The Bottle King by Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

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EARLY AMERICAN BOTTLES’ PONTILS TELL WHERE AND WHEN THEY WERE MADE

This is the classic pontil mark you will find on a typical blown medicine bottle from the 1860s. It is referred to as a a ring pontil and increases the value of this bottle by 10 times. Collectors of early American bottles will all…

Digging in Salt Marshes

One of my favorite places to find buried bottles are tidal salt marshes. Salt marshes are long flat tracts of land made of compacted silty dirt, usually covered in Salt Grass or Cord Grass. The salt marshes have naturally formed “canals” , and sometimes…

Lightning Fruit Jar

Here is an example of a fairly common Lightning fruit jar, which in common aqua blueglass is worth about $5 on eBay. But in this vibrant cornflower blue color—with matching colored lid—it could possibly bring $100.