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Pendant - Crucifix, Bronze, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 068438

Summary:
This bronze crucifix was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It would have been worn as a pendant or been attached to a rosary.

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:
Bronze cross from necklace or rosary. Plain, unadorned, with eyelet holes. Tarnished. 43 x 30 mm
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 47 mm (Height), 29 mm (Width), 06 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: religious?
Trench Unit Number: 17/02/11

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