Spirit barrel ("punch keg") and stand, before 1785
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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France
St. Denis Porcelain (Attributed)
Porcelain and wood (probably mahogany); Max. H: 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm), H. of barrel 7 7/8 in. (20.0 cm), Max. Diam. of barrel 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm), Base Diam. of barrel: 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection (Philadelphia, Pa.), T-8-6a
While Franklin served as an American Commissioner in France from 1776 to 1785, he enjoyed entertaining guests at his home in the Paris suburb of Passy. This punch keg, or spirit barrel, mounted on a wooden stand, was a dispenser for brandy and other spirituous liquors.
Included in BF300 Exhibit.
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