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Perfume bottle - Glass, Colourless, 1870-1900 Archaeology 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
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 95 mm (Height), 35 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: personal
Specific Activity: bottle
Trench Unit Number: 19/45/08
Inscriptions: On body: 'E.RIMMEL // H V'
Manufacturer: E, Rimmel, 1834-1920


nicky Posted on 01 Jun 2010 6:58 AM
Hi we have just dug a bottle from the garden today. we have found a bottle the same shape . but it has e rimel across the top and the paris and london underneath. it has a funnel neck but no stopper .
please could you tell me is this about the same age a this bottle 1870 to 1900 rimmel perfume bottle thanks
Discovery Centre Posted on 01 Jun 2010 11:27 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Nicky it's very hard for us to go on description alone. We do have a free identification service but as you are in the UK it would be better if your bottle was viewed in person by an expert there. You could try the Victoria & Albert Museum and the staff there may have some suggestions for you.
Rodolfo Amaral Posted on 20 Nov 2012 11:19 PM
Hi, I'm from Brazil, was fishing in a dam Alfenas - MG, and this drying dam where we found several old objects, especially a bottle of perfume from E.RIMMEL - Paris & London, would like to send a photo of the glass to say vcs when is this glass and if they are interested, thank you

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