Chinese tea bowl, 18th century
Porcelain was specially made in China for export to Europe. ID no. 57.51/170a
Alternative 3: East End tableware
These small clay objects are
commonly excavated in late 19th century contexts on sites around
Limehouse and the East End. At this time a large number of people from east Asia, especially seamen, settled in the area, and a Chinese community began to
form. Seizing the opportunity for business, clay tobacco pipe
makers began producing these objects using the same clay that formed their
pipes, marketing them as chopstick rests.
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