On display

This item is on display at Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum

Blacking Bottle - Ceramic, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 075893

This salt glazed ceramic blacking bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. The shape is known as a 'blacking bottle' which was used to store stove blacking and other cleaning materials. It is of Australian origin.

Food and eating.
Kitchen facilities in the homes of Little Lon were rudimentary. Few people had ovens or ice chests, so perishable foods were bought fresh daily. Most meals were fried or boiled over an open fire. Families with limited facilities would take their Sunday roasts to a nearby bakery for cooking. Even the poorest residents of Little Lon seem to have eaten a considerable amount of meat. Mutton, beef, rabbit and pork came from the Eastern Market in Bourke Street. Oysters and fish were sold from barrows in Flinders Street. Fresh fruit and vegetables were hawked on the streets by Chinese and Italian vendors.
Pottery jar, flared rim, straight shoulder, cylindrical body, slightly concave basal profile. Salt glazed inside and outside. AS x 51, M-7.5YR 5/6 (Munsell colour). Wheel made (wheel striations visible). Base diameter 58mm, height 130mm. Shape known as a 'blacking bottle'; used to store stove blacking and other cleaning materials.
1880's? ?Australia
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 132 mm (Height), 56 mm (Width), 56 mm (Length)

More information

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: Food vessel - utilitarian (kitchen/household)
Trench Unit Number: 27/22/25
Manufacturer: circa 1880s?

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.


This item is part of the following themes:

Similar items

Yes No