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Royal Navy Rum Flagon - Pair 2 x 450cl
12 June 2018
A pair of Royal Navy Rum flagons, still in their original wooden crate. This crate has been held in a bonded warehouse until it was submitted for auction. The flagons are sealed with wax but the bottling date is not visible.
Rum has been associated with the Royal Navy since the British fleet captured the island of Jamaica in 1655. The availability of rum led the Navy to swap the daily ration of French brandy with Caribbean rum, which was issued to each sailor at midday. In the 1740s, Admiral Edward Vernon began the practice of diluting the rum with water to minimize the effect of alcohol on the crew, this mixture became known as ‘grog’.
The daily rum ration, or ‘tot’, was served until 31 July 1970, a day now known as ‘Black Tot Day’. In modern times, a tot of rum is issued to naval crew to celebrate special occasions, such as royal weddings.
Please see images for fill level and label condition. The flagons are wrapped in plastic film and surrounded by straw inside the crate. These appear to have good fill levels.
Note the absence of a condition statement does not imply that this lot is in perfect condition or free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of ageing.
This bottle does not appear to be leaking. While we take every care to pack bottles securely we cannot guarantee that old corks and closures will not leak in transit.