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Royal Navy Rum Flagon Bottled Pre 1970 450cl
10 September 2019
A 4.5 litre flagon of Royal Navy Rum, presented in the traditional wicker casing. There is no text visible on the wax seal, which usually indicates the bottle year. We estimate this was bottled prior to 1970, the year that the naval rum ration was discontinued.
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. Note general wear to the wicker casing and the wax seal. One of the handles is missing. This appears to have a good fill level.
This flagon weighs approximately 8.6kg.
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. Older bottles often contain small amounts of sediment.
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.