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Saucer - Ceramic, Pinder, Bourne & Hope, Staffordshire, circa 1851-1862 (Reconstructed) Reg. No: LL 071835
- This reconstructed saucer was excavated during on of the digs conducted 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.
- Saucer. Well, face, shoulder, upper side flared rim edge, lower side, ball foot, base. Neutral glaze, underglaze transfer print AST53,M2.5B3/4. Face/ well - figurative, upper side/rim - floral/geometric. Well/face figurative, centre piece of saucer looks like a snow crystal, where the pattern name comes from. 5 fragments. Teal, transfer print, snowflake design.
Poorly made. Was this saucer thrown away while still unchipped?
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||30 mm (Height), 165 mm (Width)|
|Dimension Comment:||Width = Diameter|
|Themes this item is part of:||Little Lon, Little Lon Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY|
|Activity:||Food vessel - saucer|
|Trench Unit Number:||27/23/18|
|Inscriptions:||On bottom: in a crown 'CRYSTAL' and 'PB & H'|
|Manufacturer:||Pinder, Bourne & Hope, 1851 - Jan 1862|
|References:||Lisa-Mairi Smith: An exploration of nineteenth century ceramics.|