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Bottle - Scent, Glass, E.D. Pinaud, Paris, 1840-1870 Reg. No: LL 076016
- This clear glass bottle, used for perfume was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.
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 bottle. Possibly 2 piece vertical mould with seperate base, stopper closure. Finish-two part, hip-flared, neck cylindraical (applied). Body profile horizontal - rectangular with flat chamfers. Body profile vertical straight, basal profile-shallow concave. Pontil scar on base. Base 60 x 37mm, height 151mm.
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||147 mm (Height), 60 mm (Width), 42 mm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||bottles, e. d pinaud, hair|
|Themes this item is part of:||Little Lon, Little Lon Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY|
|Activity:||Container - non food - Household - perfume bottle.|
|Trench Unit Number:||27/23/12|
|Inscriptions:||Embossed mark on body, 'E.D. PINAUD PARFMEUR A. PARIS'|
|Manufacturer:||Bottle Manufacturer (Unidentified for Pinaud), circa 1840 - 1870|