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Brooch - Heart Shaped, Brass, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 68200

Summary:
This heart-shaped brooch with crucifix and anchor decoration was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

Jewellery and ornamentation.
Poverty did not prevent Little Lon's inhabitants - women and men alike - from following the fashions of the day. An abundance of black jewellery reflects a trend that began with Queen Victoria's mourning for her husband, Albert. Brooches, pendants, earrings, shirt studs, and what appear to be tie pins and cuff links unearthed in Little Lon are the same as those in contemporary illustrations. Most of these objects originated from Europe. They may have come to Australia in the immigrants' luggage, been purchased locally or arrived in precious parcels ordered from mail order catalogues.
Description:
Heart-shaped brooch with anchor and Christian cross. Studded edge. Pin broken, tarnished. 31 x 35 mm.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 35 mm (Height), 33 mm (Width), 09 mm (Length)

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Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: Domestic/religious?
Trench Unit Number: 17/02/17

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