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Sea Glass Gems from Old Bottle glass

In my new book “A Field Guide to American Trash” there is a large chapter on the different colors of sea glass, and what types of old bottles they came from.  This was a really fun dig!  Came from a salt marsh in Massachusetts,…

Colonial Soapstone Inkwell with 4 quill holes DUG

I was excited to find this stone ink bottle behind a 1700s house dump!  It has four holes on the corners as quill rests, plus the center hole for the ink.  I love to picture what documents might have been signed with this one!

1850,s Pontiled Blacking bottle with dauber intact

  I got this blacking bottle diving the bottom of a river a ways back. It dates back to the 1850’s, with a sharp open pontil. It was full of silty mud, with the cork still jammed in it.  After working out the cork,…

One from the archives, dug Stoddard Flask

My daughter Annie is 21 years old, which makes it easy for me to remember how long ago I dug this flask.  I dug it 3 days after she was born.  It was the first time I left the house since we brought Annie…

Rummaging through 1920s dump, found an 1860s insulator

Last week I went hiking in the woods looking for prospective dump sites, and came across a surface dump back in the woods.  There wasn’t a lot of hope for finding anything very old, as the bottles were mostly screw tops, dating to the…

Downeast Digger Mini-Documentary on Digging and Diving for bottles (by Annie Hepburn)

My daughter Annie called me from school at U Maine Oromo, and said she needed to do a 5 minute documentary for her new media class, and could she do it on me bottle digging.  Of course I said yes because I want to…

Digging cone top beer cans in Maine.