These seven fragments of a copper opium tin were excavated at one of the digs on the Commonwealth Block between 1988 and 2003.

Cultural diversity in Little Lon.
Little Lon was home to a diverse population. Germans, Jews and Irish arrived in the mid 19th century; Chinese, southern Europeans and Syrians (Lebanese) in the 1880s; and Italians in the 1890s. Immigrants sometimes brought objects with them to remind them of home, or purchased new items that re-affirmed national loyalties. Pipes, vases or plates were decorated with flags, military heroes, an Irish lyre or English roses. The amount of foreign currency excavated also attests to diversity of the immigrants who frequented Little Lon.

Physical Description

These 7 fragments of an opium tin are extremely thin and corroded. The tin was most likely rectangular and would have been opened at the narrow end. There is no label visible.

Physical Description

7 fragments of an opium tin. Tin is extremely thin and was most likely rectangular. No label visible. This tin would have been opened at the narrow end. It is made of copper.

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