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Thread: Colonial Barrel Spigot? Dug today in Mebane, NC!

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  1. #1
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    Momma Said I Was Born To Dig.

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    Colonial Barrel Spigot? Dug today in Mebane, NC!

    I dug this beautiful old brass spigot today, or keg tap as they are most well known. I found it at my site that produced 2 capped bust dimes and an 1858 trime. I have also found multiple post colonial flat buttons on this site. You colonial experts please chime in with your opinions on this tap. I am trying to see if there was 1700s activity on this site, and am relying on relics alone as my research. Everybody is welcome to share thoughts! Sorry there are not more pictures of my finds today, but it was sooooo hot, i only hunted for two hours. Is it 18th century or later?

    Also, I am experimenting with a new method of "dry cleaning" old brass relics, because i find that the green patina sometimes comes off with water. I think this method keeps brass relics looking much more presentable.
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    Last edited by FoundInNC; May 02, 2012 at 08:49 PM.

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  3. #2
    us
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    Late 18th to early 19th Century tap nice one too!!!
    G Grandfather John Taliaferro Stevens.
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    Taken Prisoner at princeton WV May 16th 1862, found shot in the back May 17th 1862.
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    Enlisted Feb. 10th 1863 Co. B, 8th Va Calvary

  4. #3
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    But cool find.
    God Bless...

  5. #4
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    Looks post-colonial to me but still a nice find. And good job on the dry cleaning. You did the right thing.

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    On 2nd thought, I decided to check out the whole spigot I had in my display case and realized it was pretty much the same as yours except for the fact that yours is broken off. Mine was dug next to the summer kitchen at a c1666 site where the original home is still standing. So I apologize for my hasty comment earlier, and I'd like to correct myself and say your spigot is likely late 18th century. I'm showing some pics of mine including a barrel tap key that fits it perfectly. I just found this key at a site recently where the finds were generally from the late 1700s to mid 1800s. The spigot was dug 9 years ago about 50 miles away. Anyway, I just wanted to correct my earlier statement. Nice find!

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  7. #6
    us
    Momma Said I Was Born To Dig.

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    Thanks for the info Bill! Our spigots are similar. Mine does not accept a key, did you find yours in Virginia or NC?

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    All my stuff was found in SE Virginia.

  9. #8
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    Eric Rebiere

    Apr 2014
    Kingston, Ontario
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    The spigot you found recently

    Hello my name is Eric and I have been metal detecting since the 80's. Presently I am helping a friend restore an 1800 era house/store that was erected in the small village of Bath Ontario (called Erenstown before and after the War of 1812). I have been recovering many the artifacts around the foundation of the house and presently under the 1960 era concrete floor. I have found approx 25 British tokens ranging fromn 1812 onwards around the limestone foundation as well as a Spanish Real coin dated 1678. Getting to the point about the spigot you found, I have found the identical one except it has the complete tap and coincidentally broken at the same end where it is pounded into the keg. Either I dug up an identical American Colonia Spigot that made its way to Loyalest British territory (Bath Was attacked during the War of 1812) i.e. and ended up in the basement of a War of 1812 era house or the spigot you found is British which is what I believe and ended up in North Carolina prior to the American War of Independence. Probably made in England and shipped to the American colonies. My educated guess your spigot is British in origin and pre American War of Independence. Hope this helps. Regards Eric




    Quote Originally Posted by FoundInNC View Post
    I dug this beautiful old brass spigot today, or keg tap as they are most well known. I found it at my site that produced 2 capped bust dimes and an 1858 trime. I have also found multiple post colonial flat buttons on this site. You colonial experts please chime in with your opinions on this tap. I am trying to see if there was 1700s activity on this site, and am relying on relics alone as my research. Everybody is welcome to share thoughts! Sorry there are not more pictures of my finds today, but it was sooooo hot, i only hunted for two hours. Is it 18th century or later?

    Also, I am experimenting with a new method of "dry cleaning" old brass relics, because i find that the green patina sometimes comes off with water. I think this method keeps brass relics looking much more presentable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoundInNC View Post
    I dug this beautiful old brass spigot today, or keg tap as they are most well known. I found it at my site that produced 2 capped bust dimes and an 1858 trime. I have also found multiple post colonial flat buttons on this site. You colonial experts please chime in with your opinions on this tap. I am trying to see if there was 1700s activity on this site, and am relying on relics alone as my research. Everybody is welcome to share thoughts! Sorry there are not more pictures of my finds today, but it was sooooo hot, i only hunted for two hours. Is it 18th century or later?

    Also, I am experimenting with a new method of "dry cleaning" old brass relics, because i find that the green patina sometimes comes off with water. I think this method keeps brass relics looking much more presentable.
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    That's a cool spigot and you right NOT to use water, water can actually speed up the process of bronze disease, but try and keep your dug items including coins, damp with the earth they come from.

    SS
    Don't piss down my back, then tell me it's raining.

  11. #10
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    GRAND FIND, and thanks for sharing! NC has some great spots! Congrats from Raleigh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D. (VA) View Post
    On 2nd thought, I decided to check out the whole spigot I had in my display case and realized it was pretty much the same as yours except for the fact that yours is broken off. Mine was dug next to the summer kitchen at a c1666 site where the original home is still standing. So I apologize for my hasty comment earlier, and I'd like to correct myself and say your spigot is likely late 18th century. I'm showing some pics of mine including a barrel tap key that fits it perfectly. I just found this key at a site recently where the finds were generally from the late 1700s to mid 1800s. The spigot was dug 9 years ago about 50 miles away. Anyway, I just wanted to correct my earlier statement. Nice find!

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    Cool find Found in NC, always wondered what the nipple thing near the spout was for, or is it help during casting ?

    Not to hijack your thread or thread, but as I'm ignorant about these I'd like Bill to look at mine here Thanks in advance.

    This one of my favorite finds, and totally complete, smaller than any other i've seen, Can you put a rough date on this one Bill ?

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  13. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick (Nova Scotia) View Post

    Cool find Found in NC, always wondered what the nipple thing near the spout was for, or is it help during casting ?

    Not to hijack your thread or thread, but as I'm ignorant about these I'd like Bill to look at mine here Thanks in advance.

    This one of my favorite finds, and totally complete, smaller than any other i've seen, Can you put a rough date on this one Bill ?

    <img src="http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=976187"/>
    The "nipple thing" near the spout is what you could strike with a hammer to pound the spigot into the cask bung to dispense the liquids inside
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironhorse View Post
    The "nipple thing" near the spout is what you could strike with a hammer to pound the spigot into the cask bung to dispense the liquids inside

    Exactly, and makes perfect sense...forgot to "think"

  15. #14
    us
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    Wow, I love your find, now that was a great read and interesting thread with all the info on those spigots. Good work, now go find the change that fell out of there pockets after they drank beer.
    I love this hobby so much, now I'm a coin licker!

  16. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by ironhorse View Post
    The "nipple thing" near the spout is what you could strike with a hammer to pound the spigot into the cask bung to dispense the liquids inside
    I always thought it was for hanging a bucket on...ha!
    Steve in PA likes this.
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  17. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by romeo-1 View Post

    I always thought it was for hanging a bucket on...ha!
    After a few buckets of beer,,,,I think that's what they're for too lol
    romeo-1 likes this.
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