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Bowl - Ceramic, circa 1880 (Reconstructed) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 071799

This ceramic bowl was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was possibly used as a soup bowl.

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.
6 fragments of ceramic bowl, possibly soup. Bowl has blue rim and is recess moulded (similar to Spode 'shell edge ware' creamware dating dating c.1770- 1820). Blue painted into recess moulding around the rim. Feather-edged. Diameter 230mm.
1820-1840s? Britain. Not flow ware.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 40 mm (Height), 230 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: Food vessel, eating, bowl, possibly soup bowl.
Trench Unit Number: 19/45/39
Manufacturer: 1820 - 1840s

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