This glazed porcelain fragment was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It is probably a fragment from a teacup.

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 part of a base from a tea cup or small bowl. The pale blue or green glaze has been hand painted.

Physical Description

Orange and black handpainted body fragment.

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