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Pipe - Clay, circa 1880 (Broken) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 079290

This tobacco pipe was excavated at one of the digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It has an unusual shape as the stem extends vertically down from the bowl and not horizontally out from the bowl as with most pipes.

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.
Ceramic - tobacco pipe. Clay pipe, stem broken in two pieces. Deep bowl. Stem extends vertically down from bowl, not horizontally out from bowl as with normal pipes. i.e.: Has ridges around mouthpiece. No manufactures name or decoration.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 20 mm (Height), 20 mm (Width), 110 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
Trench Unit Number: 27/21/09

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