HUGE 19C Antique English Victorian BITTERS Spirits Barrel Keg for LAMP / DECOR / BAR
Brand Royal Staffordshire
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This fantastic spirits / liquor barrel comes from England and dates to the late Victorian / early Edwardian period. It reads simply, “BITTERS” in gold lettering. The barrel is decorated with a green (slightly blue green), soft creamy/ pale yellow flowers and gold outlining. It is banded and comes with its original solid brass tap. The tap has London engraved on it (see pictures). Bitters were used in combination with several liquors or in Shrub (a type of cocktail blend).
This is one of the largest of the antiques spirits barrels I've had the pleasure of buying and selling. I will be listing a matching SHRUB and CLOVES barrel.
It would be perfect converted into a lamp! In fact I have two that I'm having made into lamps now. It also would be gorgeous with a flower arrangement or just a stand alone decorative (and certainly conversational) piece. I’ve included several images of how some famous designers and decorators have used them in their designs.
These are hard to come by as many didn't survive over the years.
Measures: 13 3/8" tall x appx 12" wide x 7 1/2" deep (about 9” where the spout protrudes out). There is no top lid, however the original tap is included and will be removed for transit. It easily can be put right back in.
It would have held 2+ gallons
Condition: Excellent for age, no chips, no cracks. There is a lot of crazing and some signs of wear to the gold, all as to be expected with a piece this old, fragile and large. Overall it will be marvelous for display!
interior photos: Charles Faudree via Traditional Home converts a similar, smaller English barrel into a lamp for a bar
Last photo: Gail Clairidge converts a pair of the same kind, though different scene, into lamps for a sideboard.