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Bottle - Medicine, Glass, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 070702

Summary:
This small clear glass 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 glass bottle, probably used for medicine. Two piece vertical mould. Two part, flat top finish, flanged lip, cylindrical neck and sloped down shoulders. Square with rounded corners body horizontal, straight body vertical. Chamfered heel with flat resting point, square shaped basal profile. Base dimensions 40mm x 40mm, height 85mm.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 85 mm (Height), 45 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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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: domestic
Trench Unit Number: 19/19/01
Inscriptions: None

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