This green glass bottle seal was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured by John Alberty in Bordeaux, France in 1851 and sealed a bottle of Vieux Cognac.

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 round green glass bottle seal.

Physical Description

Green bottle seal. Large regular bottle seal - "JOHN ALBERTY VIEUX COGNAC 1815 BORDEAUX". 45mm (dia.)

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