"Scotch 'Whisky' Barrel"
[Belleek, Co. Fermanagh]
First Period Belleek Pottery (1863 - 1890). Used originally in a pub, the barrel is inscribed 'Armstrong's Double Trapped Cover Registered Oct R 9th 1877 No. 5958'. Robert Williams Armstrong, an architect from London, was one of the three co-founders of Belleek Pottery and the pottery's first manager and art director. Note the spelling of whisky, distinguishing the Scottish product from Irish whiskey.
Purchased with assistance from the Northern Ireland Museums Council and the Museum Friends