This clay tobacco pipe bowl and stem was excavated 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 has a plain bowl with no spur. The stem is not complete. It has shield with 'CHAFFER' and two lines.

Physical Description

Tobacco pipe bowls and stem fragments. 1. Bowl and stem 'W.B.' on spur, made in London. 2. Basket weave and ribbing on bowl, stem has a '7' on spur 3. Plain bowl, no spur, shield with 'CHAFFER' and two lines 4. Plain bowl, no spur, circle with 'C. CROP HO...TON, LONDON'. One of the bowls (no.1) is missing. 18 November 1998. C. Crop, Hoxton, London, made pipes between 1840 - 1861.

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