This clay tobacco pipe was excavated during one of the digs conducted 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

Clay tobacco pipe bowl, end of stem, bearded head moulded on front of bowlFigural head pipe: turbaned, bearded man's head moulded in very pale terra- cotta clay Probably a copy of an original 'Jacob' pipe made by the French firm of Fiolet, one of the

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