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Bottle - Scent, Glass, circa 1870 Reg. No: LL 078026
- This small glass scent bottle 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.
- Bottle, clear. Dip moulded, glass stopper closure, 2 piece finish, hip flanged, neck-cylindrical, fluted, shoulders scooped, body cylindrical. Basal profile-shallow concave, flamed over pontil scar. Base diameter 34mm height 126mm.
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||125 mm (Height), 45 mm (Width), 45 mm (Length)|
|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:||27/23/08|