These two tobacco pipe stems were excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. The inscriptions suggest they are of French origin.

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

These two pipe stems are decorated with imprinted words spiraling around them.

Physical Description

Tobacco pipe stems (2) Pipe stems with words spiralling round them: 1 x "L. Fiolet... St. Omer" FRENCH 1 x "O...bier...'a Paris...m*H...Depose" Frag. ee above. L. Fiolet? 1 x St. Omer, 1 x Paris.

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