Posted 4 years ago
I live in a small town outside of Nashville called Franklin. We have a quaint downtown area there where The Battle of Franklin took place in 1864. Because of this there is a lot of history here, which I love. That being said, my boyfriend and I took a walk this weekend and began to feel adventurous and decided to explore. We came to a back road of downtown Franklin where they've completely dug up the entire side road (due to flood damage a couple years back) and because there isn't a road there right now, it doesn't get many visitors. Being a town so rich with history we thought how cool it would be if amongst the mounds and mounds of dug up dirt and layers upon layers of old road, we could find "treasure"! We kept our eyes open and it didn't take long. In less than an hour we literally found bags full of old bottles, broken pieces of old china (plates and saucers), leather straps, old railroad nails, something that looks like a meat hook, a horseshoe, etc. All the bottles we collected were still in tact and from some of the research I've done date back to the early 1920's-1950's. Needless to say, we were super excited to have had such a successful day of rescuing these antique treasures (which most likely would've been ruined or lost forever amidst the new construction process).
My question is this - oddly enough while researching the bottles, I realized on approximately half of them there was hand carved (uneven/imperfect) circles made on the bottom of each bottle. Almost as if someone was trying to remove the bottom of the bottle completely. The bottles that have this marking range from liquor bottles, mason jars, soda bottles, etc. I've become extremely curious as to what this means and any insight you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated! Just to reiterate, these bottles have been buried for several decades and I'm assuming the markings were made a long time ago. Maybe a way to limit the tracking of alcohol purchases during prohibition? Anyway, thanks so much!