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Saucer - Camilla Pattern, Ceramic, W T Copeland, Staffordshire, circa 1847-1867 (Reconstructed) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 073195

Summary:
This saucer was reconstructed from 12 fragments that were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003. It is decorated with a pattern known as 'Camilla'.

Homewares.
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.
Description:
12 fragments of ceramic saucer adhered together. Green on white underglaze transfer printed floral/ abstract design on rim and base. Manufacturers mark underneath base reads 'Copeland Late Spode', with production number '11'. Saucer has curved rim with no well. Pattern: 'Camilla'. Restored by Conservation for Myer China and Glass Exhibition, April 1998.
See photocopied material in Supp.File 04/55/-/35/-
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 34 mm (Height), 157 mm (Width)

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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 - composite? - saucer
Trench Unit Number: 57/13/32
Inscriptions: Manufacturers mark underneath base reads 'Copeland Late Spode', with production number '11'.
Manufacturer: W Copeland, 1847 - 1867

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