Can Anyone Help Identify This Small Eight-Sided Bottle?

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M. Lackner

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Hallo Everyone,
I'm a new member and I'm quite new to collecting bottle so I hope this isn't a silly question.
I live in Australia and the other day I found a small clear bottle in clay at the bottom of a garbage pit. I believe the pit was used by a hotel which operated in the 1870s (so there's a few black glass bottles (and unfortunately a lot of broken shards)). The bottle is about 4.4 inches high, has 8 sides and seam running up it on both sides (I'm not sure what the rough patch is on the bottom. It isn't damaged writing). When standing it sits at a very slight tilt. I think it was mould-turned due to lines running around the outside of the bottle. Curiously it doesn't have many bubbles - only small ones. I was wondering if anyone has any idea what it was used for and how old it is (if it is that old). Thank you for your time and any help.

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Looks like a cologne to me.
 

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Welcome to the site!!!

I collect a lot of small bottles (it's pretty interesting to see how small Japanese bottles can get). I've noticed that small bottles mean small bubbles. You need to hold them up to a bright light and look carefully. Sometimes it looks like diamond dust. Could have been a perfume, toiletry, or maybe even a posh sort of extract I suppose.
 

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Wow! It's interesting to hear about all the different uses the bottle may have had. Does anyone have a rough estimate on the age of the bottle?
 

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Wow! It's interesting to hear about all the different uses the bottle may have had. Does anyone have a rough estimate on the age of the bottle?
Well considering that you're digging an 1870s pit, I would safely assume it's the same age. Depending on how high up it was, it could be as young as the 1890s I would assume. But, with it possibly being pontiled, probably 1860s or 70s I would guess.
 

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