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Plate - Willow Ware, Ceramic, Staffordshire, circa 1830-1855 (Reconstructed) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 080711

This Willow Ware plate was reconstructed from three fragments that were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003.

Numerous crockery pieces were found all over the Little Lon site. Crockery gives us a glimpse of everyday life in Melbourne in the 1880s. In the houses around Little Lon, residents used decorated crockery. Most pieces were cheap earthenware or stoneware, yet provided colour and cheer. Only a few could afford to buy matching sets, and most china was probably acquired second-hand. Some were once expensive pieces. Householders mixed and matched their crockery from the great range of mass-produced designs available. 'Blue and white' and the 'willow' pattern, was the most popular choice and was produced by English potteries from 1790.
4 fragments from 2 ceramic plates. Underglaze blue & white transfer printed Willow Pattern design in AS B11, M-7.5 PB 2/10. Manufacturers mark on side has crown and scroll reading 'IRON STONE CHINA R' with number '1' on base. This mark matches 57/13/-/29/-. 1 fragment does not match the other 3. Diameter 203mm.
Manufacturers mark matches 57/13/-/29/-, and could be Ridgeway, c. 1830 - 1855, Staffordshire Potteries
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 26 mm (Height), 205 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: Food vessel - eating - bread plate
Trench Unit Number: 57/13/71
Inscriptions: Maker's mark on side: IRON STONE CHINA R
On base: 1
References: G. A. Godden 'Encycolpedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks', 1991

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