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Bottle - Salad Oil, Glass, 1850-1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 080902

This light green glass salad oil bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured using a two piece mould with separate base part and a free blown neck.

Food and eating.
Kitchen facilities in the homes of Little Lon were rudimentary. Few people had ovens or ice chests, so perishable foods were bought fresh daily. Most meals were fried or boiled over an open fire. Families with limited facilities would take their Sunday roasts to a nearby bakery for cooking. Even the poorest residents of Little Lon seem to have eaten a considerable amount of meat. Mutton, beef, rabbit and pork came from the Eastern Market in Bourke Street. Oysters and fish were sold from barrows in Flinders Street. Fresh fruit and vegetables were hawked on the streets by Chinese and Italian vendors.
Light colour bottle. 2 piece mould with separate base part and free blown neck. Cork and wire style closure, flattened lip, flattened laid on string rim, 2 piece finish, tapered neck, sloping shoulder, six-sided body and base, flat resting point, shallow concave basal profile, wide flutes on shoulder and body. Base diameter 88mm, height 262mm.
c.1850's - 80's
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 265 mm (Height), 85 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = 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: container - food - salad oil.
Trench Unit Number: 27/22/06
Manufacturer: 1850-1880

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