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Jar - Holloway's Ointment, Ceramic, Holloway's, London, circa 1860 (Damaged) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 076410

Summary:
This ceramic jar was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured for Holloway's ointment which contained opium. The address printed on the jar suggests it was manufactured before1867, when Holloway's moved from The Strand to Oxford Street, London.

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:
Small, white jar with black writing. No lid. Almost complete, large chip in top and small one on base. Crack on one side, extending across base. The inscription reads: 'Holloway's/Ointment/for the cure of inveterate ulcers/ bad legs sore breasts sore hands/Gout and Rheumatism/ in pots 1/1 1/2d 2/9 4/6 11/- 22/- & 33/- each/by the Proprietor/ 244 Strand London'.
dated before 1867, when Holloways moved from The Strand to Oxford Street
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 37 mm (Height), 46 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Tagged with: 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: domestic - pharmaceutical
Trench Unit Number: 18/08/22
Inscriptions: Reads 'HOLLOWAYS OINTMENT FOR THE CURE OF INVERTEBRATE ULCERS BAD LEGS SORE BREASTS SORE HANDS GOUT AND RHUMETISM...244 THE STRAND LONDON' still more
Manufacturer: Professor Holloway, -1867
References: Australian Bottle Price Guide, Number 2. R. and C. Roycroft, 1977

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