Pipe - Clay, C. Crop, London, circa 1840-1861(Part) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 068053 3

This clay tobacco pipe bowl was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. C. Crop, Hoxton, London, made pipes between 1840 - 1861.

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: Tobacco pipe bowls and stem fragments. 1. Bowl and stem 'W.B.' on spur, made in London. 2. Basket weave and ribbing on bowl, stem has a '7' on spur 3. Plain bowl, no spur, shield with 'CHAFFER' and two lines 4. Plain bowl, no spur, circle with 'C. CROP HO...TON, LONDON'. One of the bowls (no.1) is missing. 18 November 1998.
C. Crop, Hoxton, London, made pipes between 1840 - 1861.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 35 mm (Height), 25 mm (Width), 70 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: Tobacco pipe
Trench Unit Number: 19/45/29
Inscriptions: Inscription on bowl: C. CROP HO...TON, LONDON
References: L.J.Mahony:The Pits: a methodological analysis of artefacts from the CCS

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