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!
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).
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 when I dug it, because it was face up, and looked perfect, then I felt the 1″ hole in the back with my thumb. It’s got a lot of embossing on the front, “CAMM’S SPANISH LUSTRAL HAIR PRESERVATIVE PROVIDENCE RI”
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 a row, and come back with nothing! If you aren’t a diver, let me just emphasize how much work goes in to finding a site to dive at, driving to it, hauling your gear down to the water, suiting up (especially in the hot weather), then untangling yourself from your gear when the dive is over. If you do all that work and come up empty, it leaves your feeling very ugly!
So with three empty dives in a row, I was finishing up my fourth, when I finally found a goodie. It was laying at the bottom, and as soon as I saw it I knew it was cobalt even though it was covered with river muck. Cleaned up real nice.
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 is a good one.
The Curtis Cherry Syrup had no damage and cleaned up great ! It’s my nicest find in quite a while! Here’s some more pics
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 Kittery Maine with the last name “Gerrish”. I have seen this ink, in either green or aqua, I forget, but it had a label with that proprietor on it, so I’m guessing this may have come from his store.
These two inks , and shards were dug by me in a dump in NH in 1994. The green ink here is the same bottle as the new one just recovered, but the new one has an even tinier pontil than mine which I thought was small. The aqua one is a similar mold, with a pontil. The shards include an amber pontil cone, another unembossed green pontil, and the real killer, a green Harrison’s Columbian Ink.
I hope to get out diving in the next couple of days, so I hope to have some new finds of my own to share.