No, really. I have unearthed everything here in or near our garden. My best guess is that I’m finding remnants of a household trash pit from the days when our lower field was the back reach of a family dairy farm, although I’m a bit stumped because it’s quite a distance from where I understood the farmstead to be. I realize that it’s still just trash, but “interesting trash” seems like a very good definition of treasure.
I was doing a bit of sorting and cataloging this weekend, so I took a few pictures to share with you.
Here’s the ceramics collection – a mix of thicker crocks and lighter dishware, including one intact handle and a doll boot. A porcelain doll boot!
There’s more glass than anything. Some of the bits that I find interesting are the canning jar lids, the almost-intact little apothecary jar, some pieces I managed to fit together to read “M. Gruenberg” (that once held Old Judge Kentucky Bourbon, based on some quick internet research), and the opaque green bit in front of that:
There are also some odd chunks of metal and a few interesting parts of something…
Mostly, it’s a bucket full of broken old glass… dark green and pale green, brown, pale blue, clear, pretty much the whole range except cobalt. Most of it is pretty thick, but some isn’t.
There’s also a fair amount that has been partially melted.
Along with several chunks of old brick I didn’t photograph, that’s pretty much the whole collection.
I have no idea what I’m ever going to do with any of it, but I can’t quite bear to just throw it away (again). In the right hands I imagine it would make some sweet mosaic, but don’t see me finding the time and patience for that in this lifetime. What else can you do with a pile of broken old glass? No really, I’d love to hear if you have any ideas.