PUBLIC-B94B94: Post-medieval barrel tap

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Unique ID: PUBLIC-B94B94

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An incomplete, cast copper-alloy barrel tap with a broken handle which would have attached to the stem. The stem is slotted into a cylindrical socket. This turns within the socket, opening and closing a valve to allow the liquid to flow through an opening to the spout. The tap has a circular sectioned pipe which tapers towards the end for fitting into a barrel. The end of the pipe is open but may have been sealed off in use. Close to the open end are four longitudinal rows of four holes to restrict the flow of liquid. The entire pipe is covered with fine parallel longitudinal striations and ridges to help to hold it in the barrel. From the end of the pipe the tap expands into a cylindrical socket preceding the spout. The spout is circular in section and curves downwards to allow the flow of liquid. A flat-ended rectangular projection extends from a shouldered reinforcement around the outer curve of the spout, which would receive the blows of a mallet when the tap was driven into the barrel and would also serve to hang a vessel being filled, by its handle.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1750
Date to: Circa AD 1800

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 140.97 mm
Height: 65.69 mm
Width: 21.23 mm
Weight: 208 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 22nd August 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Tom Redmayne
Identified by: Mr Tom Redmayne

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: South Elkington

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth less than 0.25 m

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: PUBLIC
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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