This ceramic mug or tankard was reconstructed from a group of seven fragments that were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003. It was manufactured by Copeland and Garrett between 1833 and 1847 at the Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

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 reconstructed mug has a red and white transfer printed pattern of a rural or castle scene. The handle has a honeycomb pattern and the inside rim is decorated with a floral design. There is a manufacturer's mark on the base. The cup design is Alp.

Physical Description

7 fragments of ceramic tankard or mug with red and white transfer print. Rural/castle scene. Handle has honeycomb pattern. Pattern on inside rim, floral. Base diameter 110mm, height 115mm. Manufacturers mark on base. Alp design. Crown with Copeland and Garrett, Spode Works, Stoke, made between 1833 and 1847. Pattern name is 'Watteau'. Made by Copeland and Garrett, Spode Works, Stoke, c. 1833-47. See photocopied material in Supplementary file

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