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Brooch - Laurel Wreath, Copper Alloy, circa 1880 (Incomplete) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 69379

Summary:
This copper alloy laurel wreath shaped brooch 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:
Metal wreath (from brooch). Clip missing. Corroded. A circlet of leaves. Conservation Department indicated that it tested positive for copper. If it was plated, it was over a copper alloy base.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 10 mm (Height), 40 mm (Width), 45 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: jewellery
Trench Unit Number: 04/40/02

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