This small ceramic jug which has been reconstructed from 24 fragments that were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003.

Numerous crockery pieces were found all over the Little Lon site. Crockery gives us a glimpse of everyday life in Melbourne in the 1880s. In the houses around Little Lon, residents used decorated crockery. Most pieces were cheap earthenware or stoneware, yet provided colour and cheer. Only a few could afford to buy matching sets, and most china was probably acquired second-hand. Some were once expensive pieces. Householders mixed and matched their crockery from the great range of mass-produced designs available. 'Blue and white' and the 'willow' pattern, was the most popular choice and was produced by English potteries from 1790.

Physical Description

This is a small reconstructed jug. It has a blue on white design. It is European but shows some 'Japanese' influences. Around the rim and what remains of the handle there is a floral and geometric pattern. On the body, a scene of a church and a lake is depicted.

Physical Description

24 fragments of earthenware - blue design on white. European design. This has been reconstituted to form a small blue and white jug. The design shows some 'Japanese' influences. It is now 70% complete. No mark is seen Scene of lake and church.

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