More treasure

Started digging this afternoon near the back of the yard, on the far side of the old barn foundation and might have hit the mother load. I had to stop digging to run some errands, but I have a hunch there is much more than what I’ve uncovered so far. The clear bottle may be my all time favorite find. It is MOXIE NERVE FOOD. Is there a better drink name anywhere? Here’s what our good friend Wikipedia has to say about it: Moxie originated as a patent medicine called “Moxie Nerve Food,” which was created around 1876 by Dr. Augustin Thompson of Union, Maine. Thompson claimed that it contained an extract from a rare, unnamed South American plant, which had supposedly been discovered by a friend of his, Lieutenant Moxie, who had used it as a panacea. Moxie, he claimed, was especially effective against “paralysis, softening of the brain, nervousness, and insomnia.” What I love most is that it helped “softening of the brain.” That sounds like something Monty Burns might suffer from. That or Bonitis. The squat brown bottle once held Paul Jones Whiskey. Paul Jones was one of the “big” names in American whiskey, apparently. The green bottle has no identifiers. But I’ve included a picture of it’s bottom–quite concave. I have no idea what this means in terms of how it was made. I hope that tomorrow brings good weather, for I plan to move a lot of dirt and rocks in search of more treasure left by the folks that lived here between one and two hundred years ago.

And in case you are just joining this treasure hunting conversation, I use the word “treasure” rather liberally. This stuff isn’t worth any actual money, but I find the process vastly entertaining. Plus, this is all stuff that belongs here.

click on the photos for nice big pictures…

Bottles on the Ford Bumper...
Moxie Nerve Food
Paul Jones Whiskey Bottle
Concave green bottle bottom...

 

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