This tobacco pipe bowl and spur was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

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 tobacco pipe bowl and spur has been decorated with fine ribbing near the mouth of the bowl and thick ribbing on the bowl near the spur.

Physical Description

Complete pipe bowl with vertical petals on the bottom third and repeating vertical lines in a pattern of three tall and three short around the rim in the top third of the bowl.

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