The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum

11 Nov

Last weekend, while visiting my brother in Williamsburg we took a detour into the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum.  It was an interesting place with some quirky collections, boss Revolutionary/Civil War muskets, mansion-sized dollhouses and some pretty sweet beer paraphernalia.

beer mugs

The old man river motif is of German origin as is the shape of the ware.  According to the handy museum placard the “Bartmann Bottles were produced in different sizes from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.  The small specimens shown here that feature a round or globular body date from throughout the 1600s.  They were used as storage containers for beer, wine or cider and may even have been pressed into service as drinking vessels. […] The salt glaze on stoneware was impervious to the corrosive effects of these preservatives, making it an ideal choice for maintaining a well-stocked household”.

Of course, these are things I have to have as is this next hilarious little vessel, a miniature keg.

kegerator deluxe

Makes modern day kegerators look pretty crass and unrefined, huh?

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