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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.

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!

A couple of whole ones, “in sit”, World’s Hair

These came out of a hard packed river bank.  The one on the left was an unembossed aqua pontil, the other is a Worlds Hair Restorer.  Wish I could say it was purple, but it was amber (whole).

Couple of killer shards, Wash DC flask and Craig’s cure

Sure would have liked either of these to be whole. One was a very rare Craigs cure with embossed kidneys. The other would have been an amber strap sided flask from Washington DC.  Next time!

Camm’ s Spanish Lustral pontil Providence RI July 29, 2016

Pulled this up from a river bank on a hot July day,  to bad it had a whole in the back of it !!   Otherwise, as they say in the catalogs, it was MINT.  It’s a pretty rare bottle,  I was really bummed out…


  Bottle :  Round quilted poison 5 5/8”  circa 1870s Year recovered:  2015 Type of dive site:    small fresh water river in NH Notes:  Got this nice old poison during a “dry spell” late last year. I had been diving probably 3 times in…

May 22 dive,Pontil Medicine

The Ted’s Soda turns out to be a pretty good bottle!  I see the Ted’s Soda with Ted Williams picture on it all the time in antique shops, cause it is a repro collectible. But the original Ted’s soda like this one I guess…

Pontiled Green Keene ink found in river

  This ink came out of a river in Maine last Friday.  I wish I could say I found it, but it was diving buddy who found it. What a super pontil !  A tiny tiny sharp ring pontil.   There was a proprietor in…

Dr. Bowman’s Healing Embrocation Pontil

Bottle :  Bowman’s Genuine Healing Embrocation  clear  Pontil   8 sided Year dug: 2003 Where dug:  Rye N.H. Type of site:  Rock Wall small trash site   Notes:  This dump was found right behind a muffler shop on Route 1.  Route 1 is a very…

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.

A fun use for your recovered shards!

Newsletter, April 2016

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