Summary

These fragments of glazed earthenware are some of 700 fragments found in the same location that were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003. They are probably from a plate.

Homewares.
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.

Physical Description

These fragments have a blue glaze and have been decorated with a floral pattern. The wide flat rim suggests this was a plate.

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