This clay tobacco pipe bowl 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 is a white clay pipe bowl with some stem and the spur remaining. It is fluted from the rim to the stem junction.

Physical Description

Ribbed decoration on bowl. Undecorated stem and spur.

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