This reconstructed saucer was excavated from a cesspit during one of the archaeological at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

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 reconstructed saucer, several fragments are missing which have been filled in. The face of the saucer has no well but it has been decorated with a floral design with a blue on white transfer printed underglaze.

Physical Description

11 ceramic saucer fragments, matches 18/26/-/59/- . Blue TP underglaze floral design. Saucer diameter 160mm. Found in cess pit, Trench 18. Border around rim of repeating swirls.

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