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Bottle - Scent, Glass, B W Co, London, circa 1880 Reg. No: LL 074387
- This small clear glass bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured by B W Co in London and would have been used for perfume.
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.
- Clear glass perfume bottle. Flanged lip, cylindrical neck, sloped down shoulders ovoid body horizontal, straight body vertical. Flat resting point with marked base. Mark reads 'B W. Co LONDON' with other illegible writing underneath.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||65 mm (Height), 35 mm (Width), 25 mm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||bottles, brown bottle. kepler, bw co, 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|
|Trench Unit Number:||19/09/01|
|Inscriptions:||Mark on base reads 'B W. Co LONDON' with illegible writing underneath|
|Manufacturer:||B W Co|