Heart-shaped brooch with crucifix and anchor decoration, excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

Jewellery and ornamentation.

Poverty did not prevent Little Lon's inhabitants - women and men alike - from following the fashions of the day. An abundance of black jewellery reflects a trend that began with Queen Victoria's mourning for her husband, Albert. Brooches, pendants, earrings, shirt studs, and what appear to be tie pins and cuff links unearthed in Little Lon are the same as those in contemporary illustrations. Most of these objects originated from Europe. They may have come to Australia in the immigrants' luggage, been purchased locally or arrived in precious parcels ordered from mail order catalogues.

Physical Description

This is a heart-shaped brooch it has a studded edge. In the centre, there is a crucifix which crosses with an anchor. The pin is broken and it is tarnished.

Physical Description

Heart-shaped brooch with anchor and Christian cross. Studded edge. Pin broken, tarnished. 31 x 35 mm.

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