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Bottle - Scent, Glass, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 074608

Summary:
This is a a small clear glass bottle that was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured using a two piece mould and would have been used for storing 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.
Description:
Clear, small glass bottle. Two piece mould, two part, flat finish. Cylindrical neck with horizontal shoulder. Ovoid body horizontal, straight body vertical. Abrupt heel with flat resting point and oval shaped shallow concave basal profile. Base 54mm x 32mm, height 82mm, rim diameter 35mm.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 80 mm (Height), 55 mm (Width), 35 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
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: bottle
Trench Unit Number: 19/29/02
Inscriptions: None

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