Dating bottles by their tops and bases

18-Aug-2015 07:33 by 6 Comments

Dating bottles by their tops and bases - asiangirlsfordating org

Historical digging is the pursuit of antique bottles and related objects while excavating defunct privy vaults, old town dumps, landfills and elsewhere.Objects being unearthed can include tableware, kitchenware, stoneware and crockery, telegraph insulators, decorative porcelain pot lids and bases used for pomades and skin creams, hard rubber combs and hair picks, marbles, buttons, bone and ivory toothbrushes, tobacco pipes, toy tea set pieces, china dolls and a variety of other objects, all of which are routinely found damaged or broken.

It may apply to any form of privy digging, dump digging, metal detecting and scavenging specifically for older things (see book Past Objects), and even "sludging" depending on the age of the materials being encountered in a given location.A privy vault is essentially a brick, stone, or woodlined hole in the ground which once supported an outhouse.While in use it was equivalent to today’s septic tank and was also a likely place to deposit empty bottles and other garbage from time to time.Since most of these holes were filled in a century or more ago they are often very difficult to locate.Construction sites and old industrial areas, early landfill deposits An important time for glassmaking and bottle collecting is the middle 19th century, known among collectors as the ‘patent medicine period’ (bitters) or the ‘pontil medicine period’.(Sludging is digging and sifting through the sediment build up of municipal storm drains and old sewers in search of coins, jewelry, old metal badges, knives, marbles and other things.) Historical digging was mentioned in two different articles written in the late 1990s, "Making It Work, Through Bottles, Darkly, Glimpses of the Past" (New York Times May 30, 1999) by Nina Siegal, which gives her rendition of a historical dig at the home of an heir to Johnson & Johnson, and “Excavating Tiny Treasures” (Dollhouse Miniatures, September 2000) by Eliza de Sola Mendez, where historical digging is referred to directly as a pursuit separate from conventional archaeology Historical diggers emphasize that they apply their efforts to areas under development, locations where privies, dumps, landfills and residential backyards are in the process of being permanently altered or destroyed during a major re-development.

Historical diggers may also appear to conduct their work after archaeologists have concluded their efforts.An average dig or investigation will be conducted on a property where an old home or business once stood.One of the most frequent spots to attempt to locate, is the defunct privy vault, particularly one dating to the mid 19th century as this is a key time in bottle manufacturing history.During the 1840s, 1850s and 1860s a plethora of remarkable designs, colors, names and outlandish claims and promises became indelibly linked with medicinal glass containers.Many other striking bottles were being produced then as well, such as mineral waters (Excelsior Springs or Saratoga Springs), sodas and beers, inks and historical flasks.The pontil rod, which leaves a distinct but variable scar on the base of a bottle, went out of general use around the time the Civil War ended (1865) and is inherently linked to serious historical digging.

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