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    Barrel Tap Age please

    I found this one in a field where I have found CW-RW buttons and relics in the past. If you notice the tapered end has "grooves" Any clues?
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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    My first thought is a wooden keg tap missing a few pieces. Guess I have beer on my mind...
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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    Keg tap, agreed.

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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    Hi, this is a metal barrel or keg tap. they were used on everything from oil, molasses, syrup, beer etc.. it is missing the valve and handle, it would have turned like a water spigot... but is still nice!
    this was pounded into the opening after removing the bung.

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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    How about an aprroximate age so I may date the site.

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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    Pictured here is one found in Jamestown. But frankly, I think the ones they make today still look very much lthe same...



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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    Very nice barrel tap. It doesnt look broken, just missing the shut off parts.
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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    cool, nice find

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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    17 hundreds? 18 hundreds?

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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    Quote Originally Posted by 4-H staff
    17 hundreds? 18 hundreds?
    not 1700s. hope that helps
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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    Crusader said ""not 1700s. hope that helps""

    Well that is not exactly correct, unless you have some more informed information regarding the year that the grooves were first used, if so please inform us as it is of interest regarding the date of taps.
    The one posted by bigcypresshunter is from a wreck that sank in 1786, and it looks very similar to the one 4-H is asking about. I would say that brass barrel taps could cover a very WIDE range of years that go all the way back into the late 1600's.

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    Re: Smoking,plumping, or compressor

    Quote Originally Posted by littleneckhalfshell
    Crusader said ""not 1700s. hope that helps""

    Well that is not exactly correct, unless you have some more informed information regarding the year that the grooves were first used, if so please inform us as it is of interest regarding the date of taps.
    The one posted by bigcypresshunter is from a wreck that sank in 1786, and it looks very similar to the one 4-H is asking about. I would say that brass barrel taps could cover a very WIDE range of years that go all the way back into the late 1600's.
    Very true, they have a large span of use & changed very little. I have a few examples dotted around in my library somewhere but not going through them all (I'm afraid). I was basing my assume on a similar one I found in a 19th century Pub Garden, I never used to keep these so can't provide a picture (although I think I kept a couple somewhere in my junk).

    Can you provide info showing its 1700s, as it would be interesting to update my grey cells?
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    Re: Barrel Tap Age please

    I had the pic in my files, Mike, and I dont remember the link.

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    Re: Barrel Tap Age please

    Hmmm, Just trying to date the site

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    Re: Barrel Tap Age please

    I know that some have been found on 1700s shipwrecks and some on shipwrecks even older..Bob finds them alot at the fur trade sites.Maybe you could send him a pm..They also may have used them up into the 1800s so its a hard one to date....http://www.bobsphotogallery.com/gallery2/v/FurTrade/ also look at sedwick link at the top ,they find them all the time on shipwrecks and sale them at the auctions, may help date from a shipwrecks age .....

 

 
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