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Bottle - Scent, Glass, Lubin Parfumeur, Paris, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 074724

This small glass bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured in Paris for perfume using a two piece mould.

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 bottle. Two piece mould, flanged lip with one chip in it. Cylindrical neck with one neck ring. Sloped down shoulders, circular body horizontal, straight body vertical, flat resting point with circular shaped shallow concave basal profile. Embossed lettering horizontally on the body. Base diameter 42mm, height 90mm.
French perfume bottle
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 42 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: bottle
Trench Unit Number: 18/26/12
Inscriptions: Embossed mark horizontally on body reads 'LUBIN PARFUMEUR A PARIS'


rachel schakel Posted on 03 Jan 2012 6:40 AM
I have that exact Same bottle but mines in better shape
gretta Itamura Posted on 17 May 2012 11:43 PM
My husband brought me one of these home yesterday after excavating a job in Monterey,Ca.I think its so cool to be abel to obtrain lil pieces of history as these.. Do you know if it has any monetary value??
Discovery Centre Posted on 18 May 2012 11:21 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Gretta, I'm afraid Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, but we're happy to answer any questions you may have about your item.
George Posted on 27 Dec 2012 6:12 PM
I have Two with glass stopper dug from out-house of a known whorehouse in Calif. Also have med bottles from a clinic in SF.
The dates around 1860

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