This is the stem and part of the bowl of a clay tobacco pipe that was excavated at one of the digs conducted 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 base of a clay tobacco pipe bowl and part of the stem. The decoration on the stem depicts a reclining nude female figure with a dog. The head of the figure is missing.

Physical Description

Base of clay tobacco pipe bowl with part of the stem. Decoration on stem depicts a reclining naked figure with a dog. The head of the figure is missing. Two manufacturers marks read '870' and '70', moulded into the stem

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