Pipe - Clay, McDougall, Glasgow, circa 1846-1891 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 071374

This clay tobacco pipe was excavated during one of the digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

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.
Tobacco pipe. Complete "BURNS CUTTY PIPE" with 'McDOUGALL GLASGOW' Plain bowl with no spur. Stem is short and flares slightly at mouth piece. Comp ete - workable condition. See above. (Length 109 x 30mm (bowl height)
McDougall, Post 1850-1910 Glasgow.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 20 mm (Height), 105 mm (Width), 30 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street, i found one of these pipes at sea today, it s in good shape, it has a royal english crest on it, do you know if its worth anything
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Trench Unit Number: 27/22/22
Inscriptions: Reads 'BURNS CUTTY PIPE' and 'McDOUGALL GLASGOW'
Manufacturer: Duncan McDougall, 1846-1891
References: L.J.Mahony:The Pits: a methodological analysis of artefacts from the CCS


Olivier Myre Posted on 26 Jun 2010 10:17 AM
Hi, I found a mcdougall glasgow pipe near my house in northern Quebec, Canada. I found it on the lake's border... It's in pretty good shape, but the long pipe is cut in the middle, but still looks like a pipe... do you know any museum interested in having these kind of archeologic treasures? Because I plan on keeping it but if a museum would want of it... it would be a pleasure to offer them!

Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Jun 2010 12:33 PM
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Hi Olivier, donation offers to Museum Victoria can be made through our ask the experts link below. But we do focus on objects relating to Victorian & Australian history. We would suggest that you contact museums in your local town or province or in other Canadian provinces initially.
andrew borgio Posted on 18 Feb 2012 7:31 PM
I also found a mcdougal Glasgow pipe near my house burried in a hillside deep in devils canyon in san bernardino ca usa its in great condition its about 4 inches long says mcdougal on one side and glasgow on the other with the initials t.d. on the bowl
Ashlea Posted on 08 Aug 2014 5:33 PM
Hi, my mother found a pipe exactly the same as the Clay, McDougall, Glasgow pipe you are showcasing. It is in perfect condition except for a small burn mark. She found it at Eldorado, Victoria in the hills where the mining took place all them years ago. We were wondering if someone could help us with a price it would be worth and any other information?
Thank you :)
Louis Posted on 14 Oct 2014 2:59 PM
I have two clay McDougall pipes,with TD written on the bowl ,about five inches in length and Scotland on the side, that I received from a great aunt who was from Scotland.They belonged to her father. They are in perfect shape .

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