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Medieval Barrel taps and spouts

 

 

 

Medieval barrel spigot with cockerel type tap - similar recorded on PAS below

(c. AD 1400-1600). The key (or handle) is a two-dimensional representation of a cockerel, with a large ring and dot eye, open beak, small crest and curved tail being the only detail applied

Record ID: BERK-A3B3B5

Record ID: SOM-901263

Miniature medieval animal headed barrel spout- smallest I have ever seen

15thC cockerel type barrel tap key - Foundry mark O

Other 15thC Cockeral tap finds

A complete cast copper alloy pouring spout in the form of a dog’s head. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550).

Similar decorative spouts are illustrated in Bailey (1997, 57-59) but none of them show how they would have been attached to vessels. The spouts mainly date to the 15th century although their use may have continued into the 16th century.

A number of these types of spouts have been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. For example, see finds: SF-CC25D3 and IOW-0E8386

 

An cast copper alloy barrel tap. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550).

An cast copper alloy barrel tap. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550).

A cast copper alloy barrel spout and tap. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550). An incomplete cast copper alloy pouring spout. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550).

A complete cast copper alloy pouring spout in the form of a dog’s head. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550).

   
Barrel tap  

A complete cast copper alloy pouring spout in the form of a dog’s head. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550).

Similar decorative spouts are illustrated in Bailey (1997, 57-59) but none of them show how they would have been attached to vessels. The spouts mainly date to the 15th century although their use may have continued into the 16th century.

A number of these types of spouts have been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. For example, see finds: SF-CC25D3 and IOW-0E8386

   
A cast copper alloy barrel spout and tap. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550). An incomplete cast copper alloy pouring spout. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550).

A complete cast copper alloy pouring spout in the form of a dog’s head. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550).

An incomplete cast copper alloy pouring spout. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550). A incomplete cast copper alloy pouring spout in the form of a dog’s head. Medieval to Post-Medieval (c. AD 1400 – c. AD 1550).
 
Georgian barrel spigot