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Saucer - Earthenware, John Meir, Staffordshire, circa 1812 - 1836 (Reconstructed) Reg. No: LL 072333
- This saucer, which was reconstructed from 5 pieces, was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. Manufacturers mark on base reads 'CHENSI' which has been attributed to John Meir, 1812 - 1836, Tunstall, Staffordshire Potteries, England.
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.
- 5 fragments of ceramic saucer. Transfer printed blue flow ware with metal glaze, blue colour AS B12 7.5 PB 2/8. Design on upperside is floral/ geometric, face is scenic. Manufacturers mark on base reads 'CHENSI' which has been attributed to John Meir, Staffordshire, between 1812 and 1836..
Design is 'CHENSI' which has been atributed to John Meir, 1812 - 1836, Tunstall Staffordshire Potteries. Supp. File has article on Flow Blue china
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||30 mm (Height), 175 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 - drinking - saucer|
|Trench Unit Number:||57/13/82|
|Inscriptions:||Manufacturers mark on base: CHENSI|
|Manufacturer:||John Meir, circa 1812 - 1836|
|References:||A.W. Coysh & R.K. Henrywood 'The Dictonary of Blue & White Printed Pottery|