This green glass bottle is one of a group of 11 that were excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. Ten of the 11 bottles are complete and unbroken. They were manufactured in France between 1850 and 1900.

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'.

Physical Description

This is a dip moulded bottle with cork closure and wrapper still present. It has a two-piece finish with a cracked off, rounded lip and a laid on a flat ring. The neck is cylindrical with sloping shoulders and a cylindrical body. It has been flamed over pontil and it has a bell shaped basal profile with a basal sag. The glass has become opalised.

Physical Description

Description for Parent Record: 11 dip moulded bottles with closure-cork & wrapper still present. 2 piece, lip cracked off top/rounded, laid on a flat ring, neck-cylindrical, shoulders sloping, body-cylindrical. Basal profile bell shaped, flaned over pontil, basal sag. 1 x broken but complete 10 x complete and unbroken. Base diameter 95mm, height 305mm. Unidentified. 1850 - 1900, France/Europe.

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