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Bottle - Ceramic,Thomas Field, Sydney, circa 1842-1887 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 069657

This ceramic bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was made by Thomas Field in Sydney, between 1842 and 1887.

Food and eating.
Kitchen facilities in the homes of Little Lon were rudimentary. Few people had ovens or ice chests, so perishable foods were bought fresh daily. Most meals were fried or boiled over an open fire. Families with limited facilities would take their Sunday roasts to a nearby bakery for cooking. Even the poorest residents of Little Lon seem to have eaten a considerable amount of meat. Mutton, beef, rabbit and pork came from the Eastern Market in Bourke Street. Oysters and fish were sold from barrows in Flinders Street. Fresh fruit and vegetables were hawked on the streets by Chinese and Italian vendors.
Ceramic bottle with cork & wire closure. Rounded lip with scooped neck. Cylindrical body, flate base with chamfered heel. Bottle is wheel made. Salt glazed inside and outside, AS x52 coffee 7.5 YR 5/6. No decoration. Impressed mark on body reads 'T FIELD POTTER SYDNEY'. Base diameter 69mm, height 165mm. Used to store a liquid.
Thomas Field, (1815 - 1842) was a potter active in Sydney 1842 - 1880. The company continued to use the name until 1887.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 164 mm (Height), 70 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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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: Container - soft drink - ginger beer bottle
Trench Unit Number: 57/13/113
Inscriptions: Impressed on body: T FIELD/ POTTER / SYDNEY
Manufacturer: Thomas Field, 1842 - 1887
References: Ford, Geoff: Australian Pottery: the first hundred years. 1995


Jeremy King Posted on 20 Sep 2013 4:46 PM
As T. Field dated his work prior to DEC 1849 this example of his ginger beer would most likely be post 1850. Ceramic was used for more strength with ginger beer as opposed to lemonade or beer.

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