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Bottle - Scent, Glass, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 068410

Summary:
This glass scent bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured using a two piece vertical mould.

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:
Clear bottle, two piece vertical mould. Two part finish with rounded lip, cylindrical neck with one neck ring, sloped down shoulders. rectangular body horizontal with flat chamfers, straight body horizontal with with abrupt heel. Flat resting point with very slight dome basal profile.Perfume Embossed vertical mark on side. Base dimensions 45 x 20mm, height 102mm.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 45 mm (Width), 20 mm (Length)

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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: bottle
Trench Unit Number: 18/26/11
Inscriptions: Embossed mark on side reads 'RIMMEL'

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