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Bottle Seal - Glass, J. Fau, Bordeaux, circa 1880 (Damaged) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 079992

This clear glass bottle seal was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

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'.
Light green glass bottle rectangular stamp with impressed lettering in centre reads 'J.FAU...PRUNES D'ENTE...BORDEAUX'.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 12 mm (Height), 66 mm (Width), 40 mm (Length)

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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: container - food/alcohol - plum extract or liquor?
Trench Unit Number: 27/22/15
Manufacturer: J Fau

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