Don Kraack was my bottle mentor. When we first got interested in bottles, he gave us a Duffy Malt Whiskey in exchange for some typing. I thought it was the most wonderful old thing I had ever saw.
I spent alot of time with him, talking about where to find bottles and learning what the hobby was all about. Finally he invited me to join him at the dump where he was digging. I got there late. He was preparing to leave but left the hole open and told me to see if there was anything left. I dived in and found a layer about a foot deep and pulled out a World's Hair Restorer! My very first find!
Don was a writer. He would submit stories about his finds and the history he discovered through the interesting collectibles he had. He had one article accepted in Relics Magazing about a young digger he knew. It was me.
Over the years we had many talks about bottles, digging and life itself.
His strong code of ethics has been a model for what I aspire to be. His friendship has been the greatest buried treasure of all.
Don passed away in August of 2008 at age 95.
Thanks Don for the gift of our association!
This was one of his favorite items. Both were found together. This is
a crystal powderhorn flask. It originally had a fashionable strap and was used by the ladies when on outings. It was generally filled with a liqeur and was found with the sherry jug close by. These were very rarely discarded in good condition. A nice find!
On the left, who ever finds it with a crockery cork too?!!