It's been five months since we last visited our well-hammered site, so today saw us back there on a damp and rather miserable day. Today we decided to try a different part of the tip to that we dug last time, and so we headed up to the top part of the field, where we chose a nice sheltered spot near some trees. I decided to try my hand at the edge of the tip, and it soon showed promise with plenty of bottles coming out from the top layer of ash. About a foot down I hit the clay bottom, so proceeded to follow this. At the end of the day I was about four foot down, this clearly showing the steep fall in the land. Stephen chose a spot further down the field, which was deeper still.
Local chemist bottles and beers were soon mounting, but there was a very poor return on the bigger prizes: codds and gingers. Plenty of necked codds were coming out, but there was to be only one complete example all day. Gingers were even worse, with only fragments to show for our labours, although my biggest disappointment was the top half of a Beetham of Llanrwst eagle pictorial late on, a ginger I have been after for some time for the collection.
The weather had turned pretty nasty by late afternoon so we decided to call it a day. Finds were mostly bulk, although I did manage to pick up a few local chemist bottles for the collection.
A few of my early finds:
Two heartbreak finds; a large size Ellis Ruthin pictorial dumpy seltzer, and a Louis Wain mug:
A close-up of the Louis Wain mug:
Some of Stephen's early finds:
Stephen hard at it:
Mr. Grumpy finds a Codd:
A Codd, minerals, beers, etc.:
Some local chemists and others bits:
Three nice food containers, including a lovely green jam jar: