This ceramic bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was made by Thomas Field in Sydney, between 1842 and 1887.

Food and eating.
Kitchen facilities in the homes of Little Lon were rudimentary. Few people had ovens or ice chests, so perishable foods were bought fresh daily. Most meals were fried or boiled over an open fire. Families with limited facilities would take their Sunday roasts to a nearby bakery for cooking. Even the poorest residents of Little Lon seem to have eaten a considerable amount of meat. Mutton, beef, rabbit and pork came from the Eastern Market in Bourke Street. Oysters and fish were sold from barrows in Flinders Street. Fresh fruit and vegetables were hawked on the streets by Chinese and Italian vendors.

Physical Description

This is a wheel made ceramic bottle with cork & wire closure. It has a rounded lip with a scooped neck. The body is cylindrical with a flat base and chamfered heel. It is salt glazed inside and outside.

Physical Description

Ceramic bottle with cork & wire closure. Rounded lip with scooped neck. Cylindrical body, flate base with chamfered heel. Bottle is wheel made. Salt glazed inside and outside, AS x52 coffee 7.5 YR 5/6. No decoration. Impressed mark on body reads 'T FIELD POTTER SYDNEY'. Base diameter 69mm, height 165mm. Used to store a liquid. Thomas Field, (1815 - 1842) was a potter active in Sydney 1842 - 1880. The company continued to use the name until 1887.

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