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Pipe - Clay, circa 1880 (Part) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 067826 1

This clay tobacco pipe bowl was excavated at one of the digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

A pipeful of tobacco was long-lasting and its aroma disguised the stench of Melbourne's streets. The short clay pipe favoured by working men was called a 'cutty'. Being made of brittle clay, these pipes broke easily, explaining the abundance of fragments uncovered at Little Lon. Of the pipes excavated, many were decorated with slogans, patriotic symbols, even jokes and caricatures, hinting at the identities of those who smoked them.
Description for Parent Record:
Two tobacco pipe bowls. 1 x thistle pattern on one side, ship on the other. 1 x face with a possible crown. Both made with a mould. Stems broken off.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 19 mm (Height), 29 mm (Width), 40 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: Domestic
Trench Unit Number: 01/49/69

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