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Bottle - Wine, Glass, circa 1840-1870 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 071405

This dark glass wine bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured using a three-piece Rickett's mould.

Alcohol and Drinking.
There were 15 hotels at Little Lon in 1900. The profusion of beer, wine and spirit bottles revealed in excavations at Little Lon confirms that immense quantities of liquor were consumed. Were the drinkers mainly residents or visitors to Little Lon? Unearthed in the former yard of a 'high-class' brothel was a mass of French wine and champagne bottles. Reformers identified alcohol as a major social problem - 'the cause of crime, disease, insanity, marriage breakdown, poverty'.
Bottle. 3 piece mould - Rickett's mould, 2 piece finish, flattened lip and down-tooled string rim, tapering neck, rounded shoulder, cylindrical body conical basal profile with vent mark. Base diameter 80mm, height 285mm.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 280 mm (Height), 78 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
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: container - alcohol - wine
Trench Unit Number: 27/22/39
Inscriptions: No seal
Manufacturer: 1840-1870

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