Barrel Tap


The copper alloy tap [SCW965] was recovered from the concretion [SCW791] alongside the pewter flagons and eyeglass [SCW888]. It is typical of a 17th tap with parallels found in several contexts including the Batavia [BAT3260] and VerguldeDraeck (Green, 1973). The tap would have had a flat openwork trefoil head to the handle of which only the lower two perforations survive, it is unclear if the key is removable. To one side of the stem the, the spigot or pipe which brought liquid into the tap is 115m long; the curved spout is rectangular in cross-section (9mm wide, 13mm high) with a trapezoid aperture and a projection at the top of the curve.