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Bottle - Scent, Glass, I. M. Farina, France, circa 1840-1870 Reg. No: LL 068173
- This bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured using a two piece vertical mould with separate base part in France by I. M. Farina between 1840 and 1870.
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.
- Clear bottle. Two piece vertical mould with separate base part. Probably polished or fire polished, stopper closure, Finish - one piece, Lip flat, (shear top-fire polished). Neck - roughly cylindrical, shoulder-horizontal Body profile horizontal-hexagonal, vertical-straight. Basal profile slight;y concave, with pontil scar. Base width 50mm, height 119mm.
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||115 mm (Height), 50 mm (Width), 50 mm (Length)|
|Themes this item is part of:||Little Lon, Little Lon Collection|
|Primary Classification:||HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY|
|Activity:||Container - non food - household - perfume bottle.|
|Trench Unit Number:||27/23/13|
|Inscriptions:||Embossed on body: I.M. FARINA/ AV... HE ... COLOGNE|
|Manufacturer:||Bottle Manufacturer (Unidentified for I. M. Farina), circa 1840 - 1870|