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Glass Tun or 'Shaftesbury'

This is one of only two known surviving examples of a type of wine container defined in a dictionary of 1699 as 'a gallon-pot full of wine, with a cock'. The cut glass tun has a cock-shaped tap and a figure of the infant Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, sits on top. It was given to the Company in 1749 by the Freeman Francis Taylor instead of his admission fee to the livery, and are displayed in the Drawing Room.

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