This clay tobacco pipe bowl was excavated during one of the digs conducted 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 clay pipe bowl has been moulded with a thistle pattern on one side and a ship on the other.

Physical Description

Description for Parent Record: Two tobacco pipe bowls. 1 x thistle pattern on one side, ship on the other. 1 x face with a possible crown. Both made with a mould. Stems broken off.

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