Pipe - Clay, Thomas White & Co., Edinburgh, 1823-1876 (Part) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 067536

This clay tobacco pipe stem was excavated at Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured by Thomas White & Co. in Edinburgh, Scotland. Thomas White & Co. made pipes between 1823 - 1876.

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.
Clay tobacco pipe bowl, spur and part of the stem. Impressed initials on bowl reads 'TW'. Fragment of a second pipe stem with impressed lettering in an oval reads 'THO. WHITE & CO. EDINBURGH'.
Thomas White & Co., Edinburgh, made pipes between 1823 - 1876.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 34.00 mm (Height), 20.00 mm (Width), 80.00 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Measurement From Conservation.

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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
Trench Unit Number: 57/13/85
Inscriptions: Impressed lettering on bowl reads 'TW'. Impressed lettering on other stem reads 'THO. WHITE & CO. EDINBURGH'
Manufacturer: Thomas Shirley & Co., 1823-1876
References: L.J.Mahony:The Pits: a methodological analysis of artefacts from the CCS

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