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Bottle Seal - Glass, John Alberty, Bordeaux, 1851 (Damaged) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 077907

Summary:
This green glass bottle seal was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured by John Alberty in Bordeaux, France in 1851 and sealed a bottle of Vieux Cognac.

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'.
Description:
Green bottle seal. Large regular bottle seal - "JOHN ALBERTY VIEUX COGNAC 1815 BORDEAUX". 45mm (dia.)
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 9 mm (Height), 43 mm (Width), 43 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Trench Unit Number: 27/09/22
Inscriptions: Seal reads 'JOHN ALBERTY VIEUX COGNAC 1815 BORDEAUX'
Manufacturer: John Alberty, 1815

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