Clear glass jar, with external screw thread, ground on top. Embossed on base ‘Propert’s, London’. Such jars contained boot cream or other creams and polishes. It is an early example of a jar with an external screw thread.
Left, bottle embossed down both side panels ‘Argonaut Reg.’, for hat polish. Right, bottle embossed down side panels ‘Floraline’/ ‘London’, corked with metal drizzler – a hair tonic product?
Unembossed aqua bottle with oval panels and remnants of labels in the panels. The front label identifies the contents as ‘Hat Polish’.
Brass mid-Victorian pins, found on a patch of black silt with mid-Victorian refuse on the south bank of the Thames foreshore, along from the Globe. They were used to pin cloth by seamstresses and were probably attached to off-cuts when discarded.
Beads mostly made of glass, milk glass and jet. Some would have been in strings or attached to clothing when discarded.
A variety of buttons made of bone, mother of pearl, milk glass, china and wood. Many would have been attached to items to clothing when thrown away.
Hand- or machine-cut jet buttons are found on some late Victorian sites. Jet became particularly popular during Queen Victoria’s period of mourning after the death of Prince Albert. The buttons may have been attached to items of clothing when thrown away.
Woman’s leather shoe, c. 1910. From rubbish from labourers’ cottages, Kent.