This brown glass gin bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured between 1850 and 1870.

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

Gin bottle Hand blown(?) square bottle - no mould seams Sides possibly pressed square - tapers in towards base Applied lip Pontil scar on base Case gin bottle Dated to post-1850; probably pre-1870.

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