Original British WWI Military Issue S.R.D. Imperial Half Gallon Rum Jug by Pearson & Co.
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a classic trench item from WW1! These Rum Jugs were supplied to the troops on the Western Front to raise morale. Actually in cold weather alcohol is not the thing to take to keep warm, but maybe it keep one's spirits up. Rather hard to believe but the Vendor, a Belgian, claimed he had himself recovered this from a dig at an Allied Trench system in Belgium in 2016. Completely intact, not even dirty, it has lain for close to 100 years battling the elements. Earthenware is an amazing material. This is Absolutely Authentic in all regards.
Marked on the bottom:
Also marked S.R.D. across the top. For years there has been speculation what these three letters stood for, perhaps "SPECIAL RESERVE DEPARTMENT" or "SERVICE RUM DILUTED". The soldiers used to refer to them as meaning:
"SOON RUNS DRY" or "SELDOM REACHES DESTINATION"
Most unusually this example is only HALF the size of Rum Jugs we normally encounter and we assume can only accommodate about half the content. We understand these small sized Jugs are particularly rare. Standing 10 1/2" tall and 5 1/2" across these contained approximately HALF Imperial Gallon or more, somewhat more than the U.S. 1/2 Gallon we are all used to. In great original condition, as if stood in a French Barn for close to 100 years. There is one chip, possibly even from the manufacturing process.
In wonderful condition and ready to Display or even use.
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