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Costrel - or Keg

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T356
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1800 - 1900


This 19th century oak barrel had many names depending on the area of England in which it was used. It was sometimes referred to as a costrel, keg or bevy barrel and it was a convenient way for agricultural workers to carry their refreshments.A medium-sized barrel like this, made by the village cooper, held around 2 pints of cider or beer, which the person either drunk straight from the cask, or from an iron tot which was attached to the barrel.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Place of Origin:England


Height:25.2 cm
Diameter:15.2 cm