On display

This item is on display at Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum

Bottle - Glass, circa 1870-1890 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 072806

This light green glass bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured using a two-piece mould between 1870 and 1890

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.
Glass bottle, light green colour. 2 piece mould, cracked lip, rounded laid on string rim immediately below lip, tapering neck and sloped down shoulders, square base with chamfered corners. Moulded domed basal profile, flat resting point. Embossed scrolls on shoulders, panelled body. Base 68mm x 68mm, height 195mm.
c. 1870's - 90's?
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 193 mm (Height), 65 mm (Width), 66 mm (Length)

More information

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 - food - pickles jar.
Trench Unit Number: 27/22/05
Manufacturer: 1870-1890

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.


This item is part of the following themes:

Similar items

Yes No