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Royal Navy Rum Flagon 5SRD - ASFC BAOR 450cl
A 4.5 litre flagon of Royal Navy Rum, presented in the traditional wicker casing. The wax seal is embossed with '5SRD'.
One side of paper tag attached to the handle reads:
ASFC BAOR [Army Strategic Forces Command - British Army on the Rhine]
25 Feb 1986
Supply Depot Viersen
BFPO 40 [British Forces Post Office]
The other side reads:
O.H.M.S. [On Her Majesty's Service]
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 paper tag. This appears to have a good fill level.
This flagon weighs approximately 8.09kg.
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. We cannot guarantee that the contents of this bottle will be free from the effects of age, cork taint, oxidation or other faults.
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.