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Saucer - Ceramic, circa 1880 (Reconstructed) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 070662

Summary:
This reconstructed saucer was excavated from a cesspit during one of the archaeological at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

Homewares.
Numerous crockery pieces were found all over the Little Lon site. Crockery gives us a glimpse of everyday life in Melbourne in the 1880s. In the houses around Little Lon, residents used decorated crockery. Most pieces were cheap earthenware or stoneware, yet provided colour and cheer. Only a few could afford to buy matching sets, and most china was probably acquired second-hand. Some were once expensive pieces. Householders mixed and matched their crockery from the great range of mass-produced designs available. 'Blue and white' and the 'willow' pattern, was the most popular choice and was produced by English potteries from 1790.
Description:
11 ceramic saucer fragments, matches 18/26/-/59/-. No well in face. Blue on white transfer printed underglaze floral design on face and upper side. Saucer diameter 160mm. Found in cess pit, Trench 18.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 30 mm (Height), 147 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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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: domestic
Trench Unit Number: 18/26/60
Inscriptions: None

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