£870.00 £725.00 ex vat

Rarely found and kept in original condition

We have resisted the urge to replace brass rings and sell this as seen.

The back of the barrel has spent years lent against a wall and has marks.

Storage of food was a major problem – there were no refrigerators and canned meat did not appear until 1816. Food and drink was stored in the hold in large barrels or casks.

Prior to 1816 the only means of preserving meat was to store it in salt. This made the meat very hard and dry – and if there had not been enough salt added to the barrel when the meat was packed, it was probable that the meat would have rotted.

Bread did not keep so flour was baked into hard biscuit. These became soft in storage and tasted unpleasant by the time they were issued. Weevils and maggots infested the biscuit – men were advised to eat biscuit with their eyes closed so that they did not see the soft bits!


22in 56cm  Dia Lid

26in 66cm est max Dia Middle

34.5in 87cm Height

In a market full of souvenirs & fakes, we are are proud to present to you these, the ‘Real McCoy,’ in which to confidently invest, and wholeheartedly enjoy.

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