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Bottle Seal - Glass, Bordeaux Vineyards, France, 19th Century (Damaged) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 75065 1

These three green glass bottle seals were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003. They were manufactured for a Bordeaux vineyard in France. Wine was produced at the Margaux vineyard with this type of seal from 1650 until 1870.

Alcohol and Drinking.
There were 15 hotels at Little Lon in 1900. The profusion of beer, wine and spirit bottles revealed in excavations at Little Lon confirms that immense quantities of liquor were consumed. Were the drinkers mainly residents or visitors to Little Lon? Unearthed in the former yard of a 'high-class' brothel was a mass of French wine and champagne bottles. Reformers identified alcohol as a major social problem - 'the cause of crime, disease, insanity, marriage breakdown, poverty'.
3 green glass bottle seals. Circular with dot border, grape vine above the words 'MARGAUX MEDOC'. Diameters 30 - 40mm.
"MARGAUX MEDOC" Bordeaux vineyards. Mid 17th - 1870, France
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 45 mm (Height), 33 mm (Width), 06 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: irregular shapes; group of 3

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Tagged with: bottles, making history - little lonsdale street, history of vinyards
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: Container - alcohol - wine
Trench Unit Number: 27/22/14
Inscriptions: Inscription: MARGAUX/ MEDOC
Manufacturer: Bordeaux Vineyards, mid 17th century - 1870

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