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Old 05-04-2017, 12:19 PM   #1
Yog sothoth
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Smile British navy rum - lucky find?

As a small-scale cider maker I often buy old stoneware flagons (if they're cheap) to store cider in.
At an antiques place today I came across a gallon flagon, no handle, labelled 'beer jug, full. £3'. It had what looked like a damaged ceramic stopper, flush with the neck. It was as stated, full, probably of some sour old home brew or white spirit, but I bought it, reckoning I could wash it out and may be able to use it.
On getting it home I could see the stopper wasn't ceramic, but some sort of hard wax. It was a bit eroded but there were letters around the periphery (ERN was about all I could read) and some numbers in the centre, something like 54-42. It looked original, so the 'beer jug' label suddenly became interesting. I still thought it would be something fit for the drain.
Anyway, I removed the stopper, which came out in bits unfortunately, to find the bottom of the cork wet with what at first smelled like old sherry. I poured some out and sipped it, only to find it wasn't sherry at all, but rum! Dark as pitch and gorgeous!
A bit of searching on the net suggests that my three quid has bought me a gallon of Royal Navy rum in its original flagon!
I'm now wondering whether it might carry any value, other than as a curiosity. There's nothing to identify it, and it's now been opened. Should I just count myself lucky and enjoy it?
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As a small-scale cider maker I often buy old stoneware flagons (if they're cheap) to store cider in.
At an antiques place today I came across a gallon flagon, no handle, labelled 'beer jug, full. £3'. It had what looked like a damaged ceramic stopper, flush with the neck. It was as stated, full, probably of some sour old home brew or white spirit, but I bought it, reckoning I could wash it out and may be able to use it.
On getting it home I could see the stopper wasn't ceramic, but some sort of hard wax. It was a bit eroded but there were letters around the periphery (ERN was about all I could read) and some numbers in the centre, something like 54-42. It looked original, so the 'beer jug' label suddenly became interesting. I still thought it would be something fit for the drain.
Anyway, I removed the stopper, which came out in bits unfortunately, to find the bottom of the cork wet with what at first smelled like old sherry. I poured some out and sipped it, only to find it wasn't sherry at all, but rum! Dark as pitch and gorgeous!
A bit of searching on the net suggests that my three quid has bought me a gallon of Royal Navy rum in its original flagon!
I'm now wondering whether it might carry any value, other than as a curiosity. There's nothing to identify it, and it's now been opened. Should I just count myself lucky and enjoy it?
I would say now that it's open, yes enjoy! And at 3 quid enjoy even more.

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