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Bottle - Green Glass, circa 1821-1870 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 067440

This olive green glass bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was most likely used for porter ale. The bottle combines tooled and hand blown components.

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'.
Olive green bottle, possibly porter ale. Flamed over pontil. Three-piece Ricketts mould. Free blown neck, down tooled lip, down tooled string rim, sloping neck, rounded shoulder, cylindrical body, off centre conical basal profile, undecorated. Base diameter 90mm, height 245mm..
c.1821-1870 (Arnold p64)
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 236 mm (Height), 95 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: bottles
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: Bottle
Trench Unit Number: 19/45/03
Manufacturer: circa 1821 - 1870
References: Arnold

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