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Saucer - Porcelain, circa 1880 (Reconstructed) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 074146

This saucer, which has been reconstructed from eight fragments which were excavated during one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003. It is a Chinese export ware dish or saucer which probably would have come with a matching tea cup. Chinese export ware was made for Western tastes. It was manufactured in the early to mid 19th century.

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.
8 fragments of white porcelain plate. Design is blue on white handpainted Chinese Temple design (possibly), with a clear glaze. No manufacturers marks. Handpainted, under tin glaze, porcelain. Chinese export ware bowl. Probably a saucer/dish, which would have come with a matching tea cup. Probable date is before 1850.
Chinese export ware,made for Western taste. Rarely found on 'chinese' site Pattern: 'Nanking' design, lattice outer border, spearhead & dots inner.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 26 mm (Height), 141 mm (Width), 141 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: domestic
Trench Unit Number: 19/36/24
Inscriptions: None
Manufacturer: -1850
References: Mark Staniforth:Chinese export porcelain from the wreck of Sydney Cove '97

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