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Bottle - Soda, Glass, circa 1870-1890 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 071545

This light green soda bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It is a Hamilton patent bottle which was manufactured using a two piece 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'.
Glass bottle, light green colour. 2 piece mould, blobb top lip, tapering neck, egg-shaped body (pointy base), basal profile-convex. Embossed oval on opposing sides of body. Width 80mm, length 218mm. Hamilton patent bottle.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 70 mm (Width), 225 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: container - aerated/soda water
Trench Unit Number: 27/22/02
Manufacturer: 1870-1890

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