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Original Royal Navy Rum Grog Tub Barrell 'The Queen God Bless Her'
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Does not have the original oak base.

11 May, 2013 17:10:21 BST
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Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom


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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: Does not have the original oak base.
Type: Royal Navy Rum Barrel Service: Navy
Era: 1945-Present Country/ Organization: Great Britain
Conflict: 1952-1970
Royal Navy Full Size Rum Tot/Grog Barrel. 

'The Queen God Bless Her'

This is the sale of a very rare and original Navy Rum barrel of early Queen Elizabeth II era.

This barrel has belonged to my father for approximately thirty years. Prior to that he purchased it from a Plymouth based marine dealer that he knew well who's trade was to purchase the contents of decommissioned Naval and Merchant ships from the government and sell the contents on to other dealers.

This particular barrel had stood in the hallway of his grand house for many years prior to my father purchasing it.

A Royal Navy rum or "Grog" tub, as used on every British warship up until "Black Tot Day", 31st July 1970, when the daily rum ration was withdrawn. This ended a tradition that went back to 1655 when Jamaica was taken from the Spanish and rum became a staple on Royal Navy ships.

There is no way of identifying which ship each tub was made for, but from its size, this one served either on a Destroyer or Frigate that was commissioned between 1953 and 1970. We know the dates because it has it looks like it has only ever had the words "The Queen God Bless Her" on it, as there are no screw holes that would have held the letters for "King" or "Him". (Unless they were skillfully filled in)

With the loss of the "Tot" and the rundown of the Royal Navy, these are rare items now and a real link with Britain's nautical past. Around 60 replica tubs were made in the '70s using the fittings from original tubs that had been broken up. These replicas can be identified by the Roman numerals they all have under the lid, and I'm delighted to say that this one has none.

Rum Tot

The dimensions of the Tub are: 

Height 25.5-inches, Base diameter 26-inches, Lid diameter 20.5-inches. This is a full size tub, not one of the half size that can be found.

Note. In response to a question from a knowledgeable e-bay member, I upended the barrel to see if there was any markings on the base. This revealed that the base has been changed in the past to a softwood/plywood type base, although not in the past 30 - 35 years

The item is buyer to collect. It will require a small van so that it can sit upright at all times (not on its side as you may dislodge the brass hoops). It will require two people to lift it as it is big and delicate due to its age. (I can assist with the lifting) 

The item is located in Stockport.

Please ask any questions. I will answer as quickly as possible.

Rum Tot

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