This porcelain whistle in the shape of a clown, was excavated during one of the archaeological digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. The two holes in the clown's head suggest it is a whistle.

'When I was a child, we played in the street with hoops; we played hopscotch, and chasey, and cowboys and Indians, running right round the blocks and that. We even played marbles too.' (Marie Hayes, born and raised in Little Lon 1920-1940)

To the children who lived there, Little Lon was home. The streets and lanes were their playground - for tossing knucklebones, flicking marbles or chasing over the cobblestones. Their chants and laughter were part of the sounds of Little Lon.

Physical Description

This is a white porcelain figurine of a clown, with face, hair and buttons handpainted over glaze. The feet are missing. There is a small hole in the hat and another, larger hole in the back of the head.

Physical Description

White porcelain figurine of clown - painted face, hair and buttons. Feet mmissing. Small hole in hat. Larger hole at back of head. 90% complete A ceramic whistle. Could also be a figure of a chef. Hand-painted over- glaze porcelain.

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