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Earring - Gold & Semi-precious Stone, 1870s-1880s Archaeology Reg. No: LL 7494

Summary:
This 18ct gold earing pendant was the one piece of Australian manufactured jewellery uncovered from the Casselden Place dig in 2003. The workmanship and vine leaf motif allows us to speculate it was crafted by German or Dutch jewelers working in Melbourne during the 1870s-1880s.

Jewellery and ornamentation.
Poverty did not prevent Little Lon's inhabitants - women and men alike - from following the fashions of the day. An abundance of black jewellery reflects a trend that began with Queen Victoria's mourning for her husband, Albert. Brooches, pendants, earrings, shirt studs, and what appear to be tie pins and cuff links unearthed in Little Lon are the same as those in contemporary illustrations. Most of these objects originated from Europe. They may have come to Australia in the immigrants' luggage, been purchased locally or arrived in precious parcels ordered from mail order catalogues.
Description:
FORM OF A FACE. VERY CRUDELY MADE.
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: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Activity: PERSONAL
Specific Activity: COSTUME
Lot Area Unit: 26/1/194

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