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Comb - Plastic, Scottish Vulcanite Co, Edinburgh, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 070842 1

Summary:
This black plastic comb was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It would have been used for removing fleas or nits.

Health and hygiene.
'Cleanliness is next to Godliness'. This is a difficult maxim to follow when 'there is not one bath in sixty', when sewerage gathers in cesspits and open drainage channels line the streets.But the residents of Little Lon did practice personal hygiene. Archaeologists have uncovered toothbrushes and toothpaste pots, scent bottles, soap dishes, combs and hairbrushes.
Clean teeth and neat hair did not guarantee good health however. Doctors were expensive, so ordinary people had to rely on medicines like Holloway's Ointment and Hall's Vegetable Pain Conqueror as well as Chinese herbal remedies. Children were dosed weekly with the laxative castor oil, to keep their bowels regular.
Description:
Description for Parent record: Black plastic comb for fleas, and hair comb pieces. Double-sided, closely aligned teeth. Complete comb present, but in fragments. Marks: SCOTTISH V LCANITE CO LIMITED PATENTEES
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 40 mm (Height), 82 mm (Width), 2 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: Comb
Trench Unit Number: 04/29/86
Inscriptions: Inscription: SCOTTISH VULCANITE CO/ LIMITED PATENTEES

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