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Bottle - Scent, Glass, Lubin Parfumeur, Paris, circa 1880 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
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||90 mm (Height), 42 mm (Width)|
|Dimension Comment:||Width = Diameter|
|Themes this item is part of:||Little Lon, Little Lon Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY|
|Trench Unit Number:||18/26/12|
|Inscriptions:||Embossed mark horizontally on body reads 'LUBIN PARFUMEUR A PARIS'|