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Bottle - Scent, Glass, E. Rimmel, 1870-1900 Reg. No: LL 081168
- This small clear glass 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.
- Clear glass bottle. 2 piece vertical mould. One part finish with patent lip Cylindrical neck with stepped (2) shoulders. Square body horizontal with flat chamfered corners. Straight body vertical with lettering. Abrupt heel with flat resting point, circular shaped, shallow concave basal profile. Base 35mm x 35mm, height 96mm.
E Rimmel? c. 1870-1900
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||95 mm (Height), 35 mm (Width)|
|Dimension Comment:||Width = Diameter|
|Themes this item is part of:||Little Lon, Little Lon Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY|
|Activity:||Container, nonfood, pharmaceutical, perfume.|
|Trench Unit Number:||19/45/08|
|Manufacturer:||E Rimmel, circa 1870 - 1900|