Category: Bottle Digging

1880s Hair Bottle

1880s hair bottle found during a canoe trip in NH

Stealth river site good shards

Digging a Maine river bank bottle dump with my son Quincy in the fall of 2012. Was pretty exciting, we thought we were in to some great stuff, but it petered out, no great finds. But a great day none the less.

New Video- Uncovering a Mass. privy

  This is a video of the privy I wrote about in my last post.  The video shows the point where I finally located a privy, and started pulling up pontiled shards.

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


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…