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Jar - Holloway's Ointment, Ceramic, Holloway's, London, circa 1880 (Damaged) Reg. No: LL 067262
- This Holloway's Ointment pot was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. Holloway's Ointment contained opium.
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.
- Small pot, straight walls flare out to curved rim, base, foot. No matching set. Very different to all other pots. Glaze-neutral, under- glaze transfer print-black. iv) lettering. Completeness: pot complete - chipped on rim. Height 41mm, base (dia) 41mm Contained Holloway's ointment; McCarthy, Vol 1, p.124, dated it 1850-later.
Patent ointments like this one were popular in the nineteenth century, and were imported in great quantities. Holloway's Ointment contained opium.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||39 mm (Height), 49 mm (Width), 49 mm (Length)|
|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:||non-food vessel - utilitarian - pharmaceutical|
|Trench Unit Number:||27/22/30|
|Inscriptions:||Inscription: HOLLOWAY'S/ FAMILY OINTMENT/FOR THE CURE OF/ SCROFULOUS & INDOLENT TUMOURS/ INVETERATE ULCERS/ Ulcerated Sore Legs Burns Scalds Ringworm sore [hands]/AND ALL [.]UTANEOUS DISEASES/ GOUT AND RHEUMATISM.|