200 George Street

Combed and Clean Cut

Case 8

Personal items reveal the care given to hygiene and appearance. Small items of jewellery, such as these pendants and the bone ring, are but a few of such items uncovered. The woman’s metal comb, now corroded, would have been decorated and polished originally.

Oral health was important too. Several bone toothbrushes were found. The complete one here shows the small holes through which bristles were threaded, and the wires used to hold them in place. The bottles would have contained perfumes, or possibly medicines. This broken bottle once contained Johann Marie Farina Eau de Cologne; the oldest perfume in the world (still in production today). Made with citrus oils and herbs like lavender, rosemary and thyme, Farina described it as an ‘Italian spring morning, of mountain daffodils and orange blossoms after the rain’.s sodales.

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