Summary

This clay tobacco pipe bowl was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. C. Crop, Hoxton, London, made pipes between 1840 - 1861.

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.

Physical Description

This is a clay pipe with a plain bowl and no spur, the stem is missing. On the bowl within a circle the maker's mark is imprinted.

Physical Description

Description for Parent record: Tobacco pipe bowls and stem fragments. 1. Bowl and stem 'W.B.' on spur, made in London. 2. Basket weave and ribbing on bowl, stem has a '7' on spur 3. Plain bowl, no spur, shield with 'CHAFFER' and two lines 4. Plain bowl, no spur, circle with 'C. CROP HO...TON, LONDON'. One of the bowls (no.1) is missing. 18 November 1998. C. Crop, Hoxton, London, made pipes between 1840 - 1861.

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