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Pipe - Clay, circa 1880 (Part) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 072610

Summary:
This tobacco pipe bowl was excavated at 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.
Description:
Fragment of clay tobacco pipe bowl with elaborate moulded leaf scroll and traces of varnish on the surface. Bowl is thicker than usual clay pipe bowls, and there seems to be the face of a mythologised creature (?a zephyr?) at the base of the bowl, perhaps blowing up the stem.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 35 mm (Height), 30 mm (Width), 30 mm (Length)

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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
Activity: tobacco pipe
Trench Unit Number: 18/26/46
Inscriptions: None

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