A Spigot, or more commonly known as a Barrel Tap & Keys…


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Shown on the left is the front detail of the barrel tap, where the mallet would strike the upturned front, to drive it into the barrel, this upturned nose served as a double purpose, very often a small drip pot would be hung onto the tap, catching any drips… whilst the tap itself had ridges tapering down to the filter, to hold the barrel tap in place, once inserted into the barrel…100_0004 (2)


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Internal valve, showing the top where the key sits onto & turns the valve allowing the liquid to flow through the hole; 18th – 19th Century…

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spigot valve with a key fitted

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100_0021 (3)    An undamaged key – 17th – 18th Century… with two holes, to one side and a solid ridge, running down the other side with a triangular mouth…


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17th 18th Century; An end from a broken barrel tap, showing the perforations, which were added to act as a filter for the hops & other deities in the beer…100_0026 (4)


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another copper alloy key, but with a round hole and four ridges around the sides at 12-3-6-9- o’clock, suggesting that this was inserted into a spigot post, not over as the other keys suggest…


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17th – 18th Century Copper Alloy Key, with a triangle fitment showing a ridge on the left-hand side…


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Copper Alloy, a broken key top 15th – 16th Century, Medieval …


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Large copper alloy broken key top, 19th – 20th Century…


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Broken copper alloy key top industrial revolution type, late 18th – 19th Century…


Below shows the approximate sizes of what you might find…

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