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Tambour Hook - Bone, circa 1880 (Incomplete) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 7252

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Tambour Needle

Part of carved bone tool, probably for tambour work (originally identified as bobbin). Excavated at Casselden Place in 2003. It has a carved acorn on one end.

Working in Little Lon.
Alongside the tightly packed cottages, commercial enterprise thrived in little Lon. Shops sold food and 'fancy goods'. Factories and workshops manufactured bellows, furniture, waterproof clothing and ice cream.

In the 1880s grocers flourished, and in the 1890s clothing firms and Chinese cabinet-makers dominated the local manufacturing scene. But Little Lon's most numerous businesses were the myriad hotels and brothels.

It is easy to overlook the 'invisible' work carried out in people's homes. Because such work was rarely documented we rely on things left behind to tell the story. The abundance of lace bobbins dug up at Little Lon hints at a lace-making industry and busy lives otherwise hidden from history.
Description:
SMALL ELABORATELY CARVED BONE ROD. SHAPE OF AN ACORN ON THE END.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 10.0 mm (Width), 35.0 mm (Length)

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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: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Activity: UNIDENTIFIED/UNKNOWN
Specific Activity: UNIDENTIFIED/UNKNOWN
Lot Area Unit: 36B/1/206

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