Time In A Bottle

Finally! After a few weeks of upstairs demo work with nothing much revealed/discovered for it but a lot of original (read that: archaic) knob-and-tube electrical wiring, a really old rat trap (with a really old rat skull) and some equally aged walnut shells, this morning I went into the destruction zone for a peek around and while peering down into the chasm between the kitchen and dining room that had been revealed by the removal of some floorboarding I saw something laying on a stud brace against the inside of the north wall of the house, just out of arm’s reach.

Finally fishing it out with the aid of a saw blade I found it was an old bottle of musilage adhesive replete with paper label intact detailing something about a “Ca—g’s (name obscured by dried glue) “”Quick Fill” tip that “takes mucilage to the upper end of sponge at once.”

How old? Well, it could be as much as 123 years old, because below the feature description of the tip it reads “Pat. June 27, 1886. December 28, 1886.” And below that it states “and Patent applied for.”

Here’s a pic showing both sides:


As you can see there’s a lot of leakage that has dried to the bottle, which still contains a fair amount of its contents. The reason the label is relatively intact is because however it got down there in the wall, it landed label side down, which protected it while the nineteenth century progressed to the twentieth, and onward to the twenty-first. Dood.

On the other side of the bottle (pictured on the right) the labeling is  very obscured by the dried gunk.

It’s a thick and sturdy bottle with no seams (a sure sign it’s an oldie) and I’m probably going to attempt to remove some of the caked-on spillage, but at the first sign my efforts are adding damage rather than removing gunk I’m just going to leave her alone.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."