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Pipe - Clay, circa 1880 (Part) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 080046

This clay tobacco pipe bowl and spur was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

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.
Clay tobacco pipe bowl with manufacturers mark impressed on the back. Mark has a crown above the letter 'L' which is within a circle. Spur is also present. There is a row of small idented holes on top of the bowl, as if made by a needle.
Manufacturer can not be identified
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 30 mm (Height), 25 mm (Width), 50 mm (Length)

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Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Trench Unit Number: 57/13/91

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