This salt glazed ceramic blacking bottle was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. The shape is known as a 'blacking bottle' which was used to store stove blacking and other cleaning materials. It is of Australian origin.

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 ceramic jar has a flared rim with a straight shoulder and a cylindrical body with a slightly concave basal profile. It was wheel made and the wheel striations are visible.It is salt glazed inside and outside.

Physical Description

Pottery jar, flared rim, straight shoulder, cylindrical body, slightly concave basal profile. Salt glazed inside and outside. AS x 51, M-7.5YR 5/6 (Munsell colour). Wheel made (wheel striations visible). Base diameter 58mm, height 130mm. Shape known as a 'blacking bottle'; used to store stove blacking and other cleaning materials. 1880's? ?Australia

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