Magnesia bottle - Glass, Green, Light, 1840-1880 (Fragment) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 070274

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 for "Dinneford's Solution of Magnesia" which was used as an antacid and a laxative.

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.
Bottle. Two piece vertical mould with separate base part. Closure-cork, finish-two part, lip-down tooled, down-tooled string rim. Neck-tapered, body profile horizontal-oval, body profile vertical-straight. Basal profile -flat indentation. No pontil scar. Base 61 x 35mm, height 165mm. Dinnefords Solution of Magnesia was used as an antacid and a laxative.
Embossed mark on side of bottle: "DINNEFORD"S SOLUTION OF MAGNESIA' Bottle manufacturer unidentified. c.1840-1880's
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 165 mm (Height), 35 mm (Width), 61 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
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: pharmaceutical
Specific Activity: bottle
Trench Unit Number: 27/23/06
Inscriptions: On body: 'DINNEFORD'S/SOLUTION/OF MAGNESIA' (embossed).
Manufacturer: Unidentified, 1840-1880


Ian Scott Posted on 01 Jul 2013 8:57 PM
Very useful notes
Karen Page Posted on 13 Apr 2014 8:29 AM
Our builders found a bottle identical to this under the foundations of our house in Gloucester, England.

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