This glass scent bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured using a two piece vertical mould.

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.

Physical Description

This is a small clear bottle. It has a cylindrical neck with a rounded lip and one neck ring. The shoulder slopes down to a straight rectangular body. It has flat chamfers and an abrupt heel. The resting point is flat with a very slight dome basal profile.

Physical Description

Two piece vertical mould. Cylindrical neck with one neck ring, sloped down shoulders, rectangular body horizontal with chamfered corners, domed basal indentation.

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