Following on from the previous post, the analysis of the Smith’s rubbish suggests that the family were spending far less money on their tea wares than their table wares. The selection was simpler, less flashy. Like this simple flow blue teapot lid.
Taking tea was a vital part of building networks for women in Melbourne society and it seems that Ellen’s Irish Catholic background excluded from this ritual as well as from the governor’s table.
And so the Smith’s spent their cash on flashy, colourful tableware for when the Governor came for dinner while drinking their tea in private from humble teacups.
Artefact is part of the #MuseumVictoria collection.
We're in Kingston for lunch and have parked on top of the site where I spent a month working in winter, 2015! This entire lot was excavated and was a huge historic site which may have had connections to nearby Fort Frontenac. The area where my colleagues and I worked was full of privies and drains dating to between the mid-18th to mid-19th centuries. The site was so big that some of our back-dirt is still piled up today! #archaeology#ONarchaeology#historicalarchaeology#kingston
A clear, green-aqua beverage bottle manufactured by the Owens Illinois Glass Company (1929 to present), the logo consists of a diamond superimposed over an "O" with a capital "I" in the center. The "I" is faded on this particular bottle. The number to the left of the logo (3) is the code for the manufacturing plant, and the number to the right (also 3), represents the year of manufacture. The small number below the logo (1) is the mold serial number. So, this bottle was manufactured in Fairmont , West Virginia in the year 1933. Bottles made after 1940 will have either a 2 digit date code or a single digit with a dot. Since this bottle has no date-dot, or other features that date it to the post 1940's, including basal stippling, or "Duraglass" embossed on the base, I believe it is safe to say that this bottle dates to the year 1933. I am not sure of the significance of the large "G6" on the base, but will keep looking! #archaeology#anthropology#crmarchaeology#crm#historicalarchaeology#antique#collection#glass
Felt at home today 😊 I was allowed to spent a few hours recording the remains from a 19th century cellar 😊
Picture 1: foundation stones and brick wall from the cellar.
Picture 2: selection of ceramic from a waste pit. Top redware piece with decor are locally made, and large piece of redware with decor are from Bornholm. All 19th century.
Picture 3: Chinese porcelain. Fantastic to find it a rural place 😊 So far this type of ware only seems to be an urban phenomena, because we lack a tradition of excavating and researching rural post-medieval sites.
While the rest of the team is already 2 weeks into our 8-week project in Point Pelee National Park, I'm starting the lab process for this project (before joining everyone in the field next week)! The history of this area spans from long before Europeans to just after they arrived, as evidenced by the items in this one bag, which includes everything from pre-contact pottery to musketballs #archaeology#ONarchaeology#historicalarchaeology#zooarchaeology#somuchfish#almostlikehome
Thank you to @draytonhall Archaeologist and Curator of Collections @sarahstroudclarke for a fantastic lesson in mending and labeling ceramics! Each piece is labeled with a number that represents its archaeological provenience and then the mending can begin. All processes are fully reversible - labels can be removed with acetone and we use a non-permanent glue. This was my first mending effort - want to guess what I will be doing this weekend? #theaccidentalpreservationist
I wish I’d found this dress buried beneath some floor boards at 300 Queen Street.
For a working-class Irish woman - this dress says I’ve arrived!
Meet Ellen Smith (née Pender).
As the Irish Catholic wife of the Mayor of Melbourne, Ellen had a hard time being accepted in the social circles of the influential members of Melbourne society.
Governor Barkly explained in a letter that he would accept the lowly and questionable background of the Mayor and extend an invitation to him to dine at his home. However, he made it clear that this invitation would not be extended to Ellen.
Attitudes at the time were such that being Irish Catholic invoked prejudice and discrimination. This had quite a profound effect on Ellen’s life in spite of her wealth.
Image: Margaret Torning Foster, descendant.
Given the large contingent that thought that last night's #mysteryobject was a swizzle stick, I decided to give it a try. I thought it a bit fragile to use to do any strenuous muddling (I left that to the mortar and pestle), but it did an excellent job of mixing my drink. Regardless of what its original use was, it produced a most excellent mojito! #theaccidentalpreservationist#chancogniehouse
Mystery Object Monday is back! I have been digging up fun finds (quite literally) the past few months for you to ponder. Some of them have stumped us, such as this molded cobalt blue glass piece. It measures just over four inches long, is solid glass and has rounded ends with one end being slightly larger than the other. Let me know what you think! #theaccidentalpreservationist#chancogniehouse
Possible Colonial-era French artifact in Sandwich township along the Detroit River, when our area was called L'assumption, a French settlement that contained the Huron mission from the 17th and 18th centuries. Until now our site yielded very little historic era artifacts, as it is mainly a Middle Woodland camp site near the river. #history#historicalarchaeology#archaeology#artifacts
The Mazatzal Wilderness survey crew has finished their first field session. While we wait for them to catch their breath and grab a quick cup of coffee, here is a throwback to an earlier survey in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale. In an area with several old ranching camps, our crew came across the remains of a stove that was designed to use a reservoir of liquid fuel like kerosene.
Swipe to see a similar stove (in a display at a country store) with all the bells and whistles intact, including an oven box on one end (kerosene-flavored biscuits will grow hair on your chest and explain why cowboys favored chawing tabackee for dessert). Photo by Connie Darby.
Good morning from the @charlestonmuseum! I am helping @marthazierden sort through boxes of faunal remains from the Miles Brewton House dig in search of the remains of the balistes velula, also known as the triggerfish. Alas, those bones are a little smaller than this - wish us luck! #theaccidentalpreservationist