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Bottle - Wine, Green Glass, France, 1850-1900 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 078678 1

This green glass bottle is one of a group of 11 that were excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. Ten of the 11 bottles are complete and unbroken. They were manufactured in France between 1850 and 1900.

Alcohol and Drinking.
There were 15 hotels at Little Lon in 1900. The profusion of beer, wine and spirit bottles revealed in excavations at Little Lon confirms that immense quantities of liquor were consumed. Were the drinkers mainly residents or visitors to Little Lon? Unearthed in the former yard of a 'high-class' brothel was a mass of French wine and champagne bottles. Reformers identified alcohol as a major social problem - 'the cause of crime, disease, insanity, marriage breakdown, poverty'.
Description for Parent Record:
11 dip moulded bottles with closure-cork & wrapper still present. 2 piece, lip cracked off top/rounded, laid on a flat ring, neck-cylindrical, shoulders sloping, body-cylindrical. Basal profile bell shaped, flaned over pontil, basal sag. 1 x broken but complete 10 x complete and unbroken. Base diameter 95mm, height 305mm.
Unidentified. 1850 - 1900, France/Europe.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 301 mm (Height), 91 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Measurement of each bottle; Width = Diameter; group of 10

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Tagged with: bottles, 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: Container - alcohol-champagne or wine.
Trench Unit Number: 27/09/15
Manufacturer: circa 1850 - 1900


mike strelesky Posted on 15 Nov 2013 3:11 PM
i have one of these bottles
Dawn Sowa Posted on 24 Jan 2014 11:41 AM
I have a salt clay bottle, with markings saying, F,Allerston, B,quay. I have looked at hundreds of clay bottles but can not find the 1 I have.

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