This reconstructed plate was excavated at one of the digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. The pattern on this plate is known as a 'Chelsea Sprig' and is often found in 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.

Physical Description

This is a cream coloured, twelve sided plate. It is sprigged with a blue design of roses and thistles.

Physical Description

Description for Parent Record: Made of bone china, sprigged with blue design of flowers and thistles. Some times known as 'Chelsea sprig'.14 fragments from a plate and two pieces from another vessel (possibly a saucer). Design on plate/saucer is of blue thistles. Some pieces conjoin. The pieces are cream, with blue embossed roses and Scotch thistles. Part of a matching set - there is a large plate also. The side plate is 12 sided i.e.not completely round. An egg cup in same pattern is at 18/26/-/-/34. This pattern, which has not yet been identified, is often found on 19th century archaeological sites.

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