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Pipe - Clay, Ireland, circa 1880 (Part) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 078798

This tobacco pipe bowl was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. On the bowl, 'CORK' is stamped below a harp suggesting it was manufactured in Ireland.

Cultural diversity in Little Lon.
Little Lon was home to a diverse population. Germans, Jews and Irish arrived in the mid 19th century; Chinese, southern Europeans and Syrians (Lebanese) in the 1880s; and Italians in the 1890s. Immigrants sometimes brought objects with them to remind them of home, or purchased new items that re-affirmed national loyalties. Pipes, vases or plates were decorated with flags, military heroes, an Irish lyre or English roses. The amount of foreign currency excavated also attests to diversity of the immigrants who frequented Little Lon.

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.
Complete tobacco clay pipe bowl, stamped with harp symbol and mark reads 'CORK'. Pipe bowl is full of compacted material.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 25 mm (Height), 25 mm (Width), 45 mm (Length)

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Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: tobacco pipe
Trench Unit Number: 19/08/04
Inscriptions: Stamped on pipe bowl: CORK


Kevin Reid Posted on 17 Jul 2013 11:40 PM
I stay in Lennoxtown nr Glasglow and my house is 100 yds from the old railway line. Find bits of clay pipes in my garden on a regular basis. Most recently today found a broken pipe head marked CORK with a harp and laurel leaf design.

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