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Jar - Pickles, Ceramic, Batty & Co, circa 1880 (Fragment) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 071517

This ceramic pickles jar was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

Uncovering past food practices.
Of all the archaeological material uncovered in the Little Lon excavations, the remnants of eating and drinking are the most numerous. Broken plates, bowls, cups and cutlery were thrown into rubbish piles with smashed jars that once held jam and pickles, and jugs that held water or cordial. Shells from oysters, abalone and coconuts were tossed in with bones from mutton, beef, rabbit and pork. Pips and seeds from fruit and vegetables were also added to the piles. These objects offer clues to the food consumed by residents of Little Lon, and are important in the rediscovery of a people, place and time long vanished.
Ceramic pickles jar with transfer label on the side. Label has a Royal coat of arms in the centre with lettering around reading 'FROM BATTY & Cos WHOLESALE & EXPORT PICKLE WAREHO...PAVEMENT FINSBURY LONDON'. Label has been applied on an angle. Jar is barrel shaped with thick sides ad a round base. Jar height is 85mm.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 65 mm (Width), 30 mm (Length)

More information

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
Trench Unit Number: 57/01/09
Inscriptions: See: Description


P Toloy Posted on 15 Apr 2012 6:05 AM
I found one these jars fully intact with lid during excavation in San Francisco ca anyone interested
Gerard van der Elst Posted on 17 Aug 2012 3:01 AM
Ik heb vandaag een klein keranisch potje gevonden hoe kan ik een foto bij voegen zodat u mij hier over een antwoordt kan geven.
gr Gerard van der Elst
Discovery Centre Posted on 17 Aug 2012 10:19 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
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