This clay tobacco pipe bowl was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It is decorated with a Prince of Wales motif on one side.

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 is the bowl of a clay pipe, the spur is missing. One side of the bowl has an anchor motif with rope and the other side has a three feathers crest which is Prince of Wales motif.

Physical Description

Fragment of tobacco pipe bowl. One side has anchor motif, the other three feathers crest - Prince of Wales motif. Dimensions 30mm x 20mm. Anchor motif includes some rope.

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