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Pipe - Clay, circa 1880 (Part) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 067412

Summary:
This clay tobacco pipe with incomplete stem was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It has depiction of a person on one side and an animal on the other.

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:
Fragment of bowl and stem of clay tobacco pipe. Unidentified animal figure is moulded on one side of the bowl with human figure moulded on the other side.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 40 mm (Height), 20 mm (Width), 65 mm (Length)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Trench Unit Number: 57/13/93

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