This egg cup was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. The decoration on this egg cup is known as a 'Chelsea Sprig' and is often found on 19th century sites.
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.
This is a cream coloured ceramic egg cup. It is sprigged with a blue design of roses and thistles.
Egg cup, cream with blue embossed flowers, similar in pattern to 27/23/-/27/-