This pale green glass Hamilton bomb patent bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured in London, England by J. Schweppes and Co.

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 pale green Hamilton bomb patent glass bottle. It would have had cork and wire closure, with a two- part finish. The lip is moulded with a blob top. It has a tapered neck with an egg-shaped body, a pointed base and a convex basal profile. There is embossed lettering on body.

Physical Description

Pale green Hamilton bomb patent glass bottle. Cork & wire closure, with 2- part finish. Lip is moulded with blob top. Tapered neck with egg-shaped body. Pointed base, convex basal profile. Embossed lettering on body reads 'J. SCHWEPPES & CO SIBERNERS STREET OXFORD STREET GENUINE SUPERIOR AERATED WATERS'. Mnaufacturer: J. Schweppes & Co. (Hamilton Bomb patent), c. 1840 - 1860, London, Britain

More Information