This earthenware saucer was excavated form the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured by Dillwyn and Company between 1811 and 1817 in Swansea, Wales.

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

White earthenware saucer, mauve design on inner base and sides - trees, houses, man on horseback, dog Complete14.5 cm diameter Mark: "THE RHINE' - D & Co' Manufacturer:Dillwyn & Co., Swansea, Wales, between 1811 and 1817. Found in Location 69, Area

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