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Perfume bottle - Glass, Colourless, after 1870 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 078026

Summary:
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.
Description:
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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 126 mm (Height), 45 mm (Width), 45 mm (Length), 34 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: bottles, 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: personal
Specific Activity: bottle
Trench Unit Number: 27/23/08
Manufacturer: 1750-1920

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