by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory
Today’s animation is an 18th century spigot that was scanned at Fairfax County’s Cultural Resource Management and Protection collections repository in the James Lee Community Center, Falls Church, Virginia. According to Chris Sperling of the Colchester Archaeological Research Team (CART), this spigot was found in a cellar feature context from the town of Colchester. Other artifacts indicate that this context is a 3rd – 4th quarter 18th century deposit. The cellar is believed to be associated with the house of Morris Pound, a vintner. George Mason IV issued a recommendation and call for subscribers to support Pound’s winemaking, including helping him purchase a press. One of these subscribers was George Washington. This spigot was scanned on July 27, 2012, as detailed here.