Chinese Canadian Artifacts Project

Item CUMB_2015.013.002.A-G - Collection of Small Opium Bottles from Mine Site in Cumberland B.C.

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Collection of Small Opium Bottles from Mine Site in Cumberland B.C.

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CA CUMB CUMB_2015.013.002.A-G

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A: 4 x 1.5 cm diam. B: 7.5 x 3 cm. C: 6 x 2 cm diam. 3 bottles; glass; clear; Characters on bottom of C; D: 5 x 1 cm diam. E: 6 x 2 x 1 cm. F: 5 x 1 cm diam; 3 bottles; glass; clear; blue; 2 corks; G: 3 x 2.5 cm diam; 1 top; glass; clear; blue.

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Dalphne Joyce Mulholland

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Found by Lauren Mulholland’s Mother Daphne Joyce Mulholland in 1969.

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These bottles were recovered from an old mining site in Cumberland B.C. They were in the ground under a foot of mud. It is believed that these bottles contained opium for Chinese miners. Note the presentation of the corks. Some of the bottles of characters on the bottom.

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Bottles are slightly chipped.

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225.4 KiB


May 28, 2016 2:24 PM

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