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Different times. The gender gap of pipe smoking concerned this writer to the Editor in 1933 under the pseudonym 'Fumus'. Press, 26 May 1933

A view towards Armagh Street from the top of the Cathedral Tower in 1881. The properties that are now the site of The Piano are circled. (Te Papa)

40 clay smoking pipes

found beneath 150-158 Armagh Street

These pieces of plain, unbranded smoking pipes are just a fraction of the items dug up during post-quake work across 150-158 Armagh Street. In all, 102 clay pipes were found - 90 of them unused! Some pipes were more decorative, including one shaped like a soldier and another with a tragedy/comedy theme. 

 

Health and Beauty:

115 glass pharmaceutical bottles

A chamber pot and washbasin decorated in Watermelon pattern

One soap dish

One hair comb

Two toothbrushes

Seven ointment pots 

Price’s Dr Frampton’s Pomatum

A bottle that says "COLLINS DISINFECTING POWDER / CHOLERA & FEVER PREVENTED / OFFENSIVE SMELLS / DESTROYED" 

 

Food and Drink: 

457 alcohol bottles

130 plates

A  glass measuring jug

A fork

Six salt jars

 

Clothing:

A button

A leather belt

Tartan fabric

 

Children's:

A doll’s head

One clay marble

Three baby feeder bottles

A rubber-covered wooden ball

Slate with writing lines and slate pencil

Four children's mugs, each with a different inscription:

  • “Edwin”

  • “A Present for Eliza”

  • "A Pre[sent] for a […] gir[l]" (what sort of girl, we can only guess)

  • “a present from papanui”

 

And, finally:

An ink bottle with its paper label still on it (very unusual)

One syphon ink bottle

A 1835 Willaim IV British silver half-crown.

 

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