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Plate - Italian Pattern, Earthenware, W.T. Copeland, Staffordshire, 1847-1867 (Reconstructed) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 080065

This plate was reconstructed from seven fragments that were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003. It is a Copeland Late Spode plate and was manufactured between 1847 and 1867 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. The pattern is known as 'Italian' and was the most common pattern, other than 'Willow', in 19th century design. Much English blue and white transfer printed pottery showed similar scenes, with people and a river or lake, and ruins.

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.
Blue and white bread-and-butter plate, rural scene Broken, 7 pieces 16 cm diameter Manufacturer: Copeland, Late Spode, 1847 - 1867Transfer-printed plate, marked 'Copeland Late Spode', was made in Stoke, Staffordshire, between 1847 - 1867Pattern
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical

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Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Secondary Classification: Food Service
Tertiary Classification: plate
Activity: Food service
Specific Activity: Plate
Trench Unit Number: 02/22.1/24
Manufacturer: Copeland and Garrett, 1847-1867
References: G. A. Godden 'Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks', 1991

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