This wineglass base was excavated during one of the digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was one of three wineglass fragments excavated from the same context.

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

Fragments of three wineglasses: 1Clear sides, plain, with base 2 Fluted sides, top of stem, no base 3 Base only

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