This clay tobacco pipe bowl, spur and part of the 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 is the bowl, spur and part of the stem of a clay pipe. It is plain except for 'D' and 'T' embossed on each side of the bowl. Within the bowl compacted material remains.

Physical Description

Clay tobacco pipe and part of the stem with spur. Embossed on opposite sides of the bowl are 'D' and 'T'. Compacted material in bowl.

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