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Cup - Earthenware, circa 1880 (Reconstructed) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 069579 2

This reconstructed cup was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

Numerous crockery pieces were found all over the Little Lon site. Crockery gives us a glimpse of everyday life in Melbourne in the 1880s. In the houses around Little Lon, residents used decorated crockery. Most pieces were cheap earthenware or stoneware, yet provided colour and cheer. Only a few could afford to buy matching sets, and most china was probably acquired second-hand. Some were once expensive pieces. Householders mixed and matched their crockery from the great range of mass-produced designs available. 'Blue and white' and the 'willow' pattern, was the most popular choice and was produced by English potteries from 1790.
Description for Parent Record:
Two bases and body/handle pieces of ceramic cups. Grey on white underglaze transfer print - vine pattern - on all pieces. Production number -'3' on both bases. Some pieces may be from base of matching saucers. Some pieces conjoin. Pattern known as a 'fibre' pattern. One has been reconstituted.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 76 mm (Height), 113 mm (Width), 87 mm (Length)

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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: 18/26/54

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