These two tobacco pipe bowls were 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

These two pipe bowls have moulded faces on them. One is broken and has a beard the other is complete and plain.

Physical Description

Ceramic - tobacco pipe bowls. One complete tobacco pipe bowl, one broken. Both have moulded faces, one bearded, one plain. Complete. As above.

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