This brown gin bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It is dip moulded and possibly turn moulded and was flamed over a pontil.

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 brown bottle has a rounded lip and cylindrical neck, rounded shoulder and a tapered cylindrical body. The basal profile has a shallow concave. It was closed using cork and wire.

Physical Description

Bottle. Dip moulded & possibly turn moulded. Closure-cork & wire, finish - two part, lip-rounded (blob top). Neck-cylindrical, shoulder-rounded, body cylindrical /tapered. Basal profile-shallow concave. Flamed over pontil, 4 point resting point, square base. Base diameter 72mm, height 265mm.

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