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Barrels Collection

Coopers at work, their skilled hands crafting wooden barrels with precision and care

Background imageBarrels Collection: Coopers at work making wooden barrels

Coopers at work making wooden barrels
Four coopers hard at work in their workshop making traditional wooden barrels. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageBarrels Collection: Workshop of a cooper (barrel maker)

Workshop of a cooper (barrel maker)
The workshop of a cooper or barrel maker, with examples of the finished product out in the street

Background imageBarrels Collection: Holmes / Hound / Baskerville

Holmes / Hound / Baskerville
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES Holmes shoots the sinister hound: " Holmes emptied five barrels of his revolver into the creatures flank"

Background imageBarrels Collection: Replica Samuel Adams beer barrel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Replica Samuel Adams beer barrel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
USA, Massachusetts, Boston, Replica Samuel Adams beer barrel

Background imageBarrels Collection: Maid Bestys Cellar, Porthmeor, St Ives, Cornwall. 1871

Maid Bestys Cellar, Porthmeor, St Ives, Cornwall. 1871
Bulking or packing pilchards at Maid Bestys Cellar at Porthmeor. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageBarrels Collection: Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar, Drinking A Glass Of Wine, Two Men, Wine Barrels, Winery, Storage, Alcohol, Alcoholic, Beverage, Underground, Viticulture, 19th Century Lithography

Background imageBarrels Collection: The Great Lozenge-Maker. A Hint to Paterfamilias, 1858. Artist: John Leech

The Great Lozenge-Maker. A Hint to Paterfamilias, 1858. Artist: John Leech
The Great Lozenge-Maker. A Hint to Paterfamilias, 1858. This cartoon indicts the sweet-making industry. At the time, many strange, and possibly noxious ingredients were used in sweets

Background imageBarrels Collection: Trams causing havoc on a Belfast street

Trams causing havoc on a Belfast street
Horses, carts, wagons and pedestrians in an almighty crash involving two trams in Donegal Place in Belfast. The card caption reads: " Our Trammelled Streets" Date: 1905

Background imageBarrels Collection: Smugglers Unload Goods

Smugglers Unload Goods
A band of smugglers unload their cargo of contraband into a secluded coastal cave, constantly checking for any nearby customs men

Background imageBarrels Collection: Glenlivet Scotch Whisky distillery 1890

Glenlivet Scotch Whisky distillery 1890
Six thousand barrels of whisky in a bonded warehouse on the ground floor, Edinburgh, Scotland, proprietors Andrew Usher and Co. 1890

Background imageBarrels Collection: Barrels of molasses, West India Docks, London, 1926-1927. Artist: Langfier Photo

Barrels of molasses, West India Docks, London, 1926-1927. Artist: Langfier Photo
Barrels of molasses, West India Docks, London, 1926-1927. Illustration from Wonderful London, edited by Arthur St John Adcock, Volume I, published by Amalgamated Press, (London, 1926-1927)

Background imageBarrels Collection: Tug of War winning team, Demosthenes, Aberdeen

Tug of War winning team, Demosthenes, Aberdeen
Tug of War winning team on board the Demosthenes, belonging to the Aberdeen White Star Line

Background imageBarrels Collection: London Gin Palace 1820

London Gin Palace 1820
Tom and Jerry at a London Gin Shop, drinking Blue Ruin with a variety of fellow-customers

Background imageBarrels Collection: Wine shipping poster

Wine shipping poster
Ste Navale de L Ouest, transport des vins - poster for a French wine shipping company showing men on the dock waiting to load barrels of wine on to a steamship

Background imageBarrels Collection: Scotch Fishwives at work - Eyemouth

Scotch Fishwives at work - Eyemouth
Scotch Fisher Lassies at work - Eyemouth in Berwickshire, in the Scottish Borders. Standing by the herring barrels Date: circa 1907

Background imageBarrels Collection: Fishing boats and barrels in the harbour at Wick, Scotland

Fishing boats and barrels in the harbour at Wick, Scotland

Background imageBarrels Collection: The Harbour - Wick, Scotland

The Harbour - Wick, Scotland
The Harbour - During the Fishing Season (in the summer) - Wick, Scotland Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBarrels Collection: DOG. Jack russell terrier and parson jack russell terrier puppy in a barrel with grapes

DOG. Jack russell terrier and parson jack russell terrier puppy in a barrel with grapes
JD-22183 DOG. Jack russell terrier and parson jack russell terrier puppy in a barrel with grapes John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageBarrels Collection: Neyland Fish Market, Neyland, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Neyland Fish Market, Neyland, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
View inside the Fish Market in the coastal town of Neyland, Pembrokeshire, South Wales. The Ice Factory and Fish Market were opened on 16 November 1908

Background imageBarrels Collection: Oil Tankers of the Manchester Oil Refinery

Oil Tankers of the Manchester Oil Refinery. Photograph by Heinz Zinram

Background imageBarrels Collection: Shire horse drawn dray

Shire horse drawn dray
Shire horse drawn brewery dray passes through a village, delivering beer to The Lamb and Flag pub. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageBarrels Collection: The Cellar Quartetto

The Cellar Quartetto: Dr Syntax and companions in the wine cellar

Background imageBarrels Collection: Cooper Making Barrels

Cooper Making Barrels
A Coopers workshop

Background imageBarrels Collection: 1927 Ice Skating Girl

1927 Ice Skating Girl
A vivacious ice skating girl jumps over some barrels

Background imageBarrels Collection: The Brewer 1827

The Brewer 1827
Brewers sweat and toil as they stir and brew beer and haul heavy barrels up and down a ladder next to the sweltering heat of a kiln

Background imageBarrels Collection: London Gin Shop 1836

London Gin Shop 1836
A London gin-shop

Background imageBarrels Collection: Cider maker, Somerset, England

Cider maker, Somerset, England
A cider maker wearing a trilby hat and an apron, leans on an old wooden wagon and drinks a pint of cider among the casks and barrels in the outbuilding of a cider works in Somerset

Background imageBarrels Collection: Bunnahabhain distillery, Islay, Inner Hebrides, Argyll, Scotland, UK

Bunnahabhain distillery, Islay, Inner Hebrides, Argyll, Scotland, UK

Background imageBarrels Collection: The Hireling Shepherd, 1851, (1948). Creator: William Holman Hunt

The Hireling Shepherd, 1851, (1948). Creator: William Holman Hunt
The Hireling Shepherd, 1851, (1948). A shepherd neglects his flock and woos a young woman with a lamb on her lap. Behind them, two bloated sheep lie on the ground poisoned by the corn

Background imageBarrels Collection: Coopering, making whiskey barrels at Wiley & Co, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 1961

Coopering, making whiskey barrels at Wiley & Co, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 1961. The photograph shows a worker from the bonded warehouse hammering the rings into place on a barrel

Background imageBarrels Collection: Watneys Happy Families - card back design

Watneys Happy Families - card back design. circa 1930

Background imageBarrels Collection: Gallo-Roman low-relief. Ferrying wine barrels

Gallo-Roman low-relief. Ferrying wine barrels and amphorae. Roman art. Early Empire. Relief on rock. FRANCE. PROVENCE ALPES CԔ E D AZUR. VAUCLUSE. Avignon. Mus饠 Calvet (Calvet Museum)

Background imageBarrels Collection: Comic postcard, Scotsman with whisky barrel bagpipes

Comic postcard, Scotsman with whisky barrel bagpipes. Date: circa 1900s

Background imageBarrels Collection: Broad Quay, Bristol, c. 1760 (oil on canvas)

Broad Quay, Bristol, c. 1760 (oil on canvas)
2830936 Broad Quay, Bristol, c.1760 (oil on canvas) by British School, (18th Century); Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, UK; eBristol Museums, Galleries & Archives; Given by Mr A.W

Background imageBarrels Collection: Samuel John Goviers photographic van by an unidentified cottage, presumably in West Cornwall

Samuel John Goviers photographic van by an unidentified cottage, presumably in West Cornwall. Early 1900s
Samuel John Govier (1871-1967) was a pioneering photographer in the late 19th and early 20th century in Cornwall. In the early years he travelled on his bicycle or in a horse drawn van before setting

Background imageBarrels Collection: Oil barrels

Oil barrels. Oil products are obtained from crude oil, which is oil from the ground before it has been refined. It contains a varied mixture of hydrocarbons

Background imageBarrels Collection: Unloading Ships at London Docks, 1908

Unloading Ships at London Docks, 1908
Illustration showing various cargoes coming ashore at London Docks, in the East End of London, 1908. Elephants tusks, barrels

Background imageBarrels Collection: The Wreckers

The Wreckers
Artist: Morland, George - Title: The Wreckers - Date: c.1790 - Original Medium and Size: Oil on Canvas 50.8 x 68.6

Background imageBarrels Collection: Thomas Topham, Strongman

Thomas Topham, Strongman
Thomas Topham, the strong man, performing one of his astonishing feats of strength in Spitalfields on 28 May 1741, by lifting barrels weighing 1386 lbs (!)

Background imageBarrels Collection: Herring fishing station, Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Herring fishing station, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, with women packing fish into barrels for export

Background imageBarrels Collection: View outside a leather factory, Bermondsey, south London

View outside a leather factory, Bermondsey, south London
View outside Neckinger Mills leather factory, Bermondsey, south London. Date: 1842

Background imageBarrels Collection: Cooperage yard, Guinness Brewery, Dublin, Ireland (b / w photo)

Cooperage yard, Guinness Brewery, Dublin, Ireland (b / w photo)
6029985 Cooperage yard, Guinness Brewery, Dublin, Ireland (b/w photo) by Irish Photographer (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cooperage yard, Guinness Brewery, Dublin)

Background imageBarrels Collection: Norwich

Norwich
The old fish market at Norwich, Norfolk, at the close of the 18th century. Date: circa 1800

Background imageBarrels Collection: Poe / Cask of Amontillado

Poe / Cask of Amontillado
THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO Fortunato, dressed as a clown, is duped into a trip to the vaults

Background imageBarrels Collection: Smoking shotgun

Smoking shotgun
Smoking gun. Smoking chambers of a double- barrelled shotgun

Background imageBarrels Collection: Advert / Goblin Whisky

Advert / Goblin Whisky
Goblin Scotch Whisky

Background imageBarrels Collection: North Berwick Witches casting spells

North Berwick Witches casting spells
The North Berwick Witches -- Satan lures Dr Fian and other misguided people to indulge in evil practices such as causing shipwrecks by casting spells

Background imageBarrels Collection: Loading Fruit at Covent Garden Market, 1900 (b / w photo)

Loading Fruit at Covent Garden Market, 1900 (b / w photo)
XJF280522 Loading Fruit at Covent Garden Market, 1900 (b/w photo) by English Photographer; Private Collection; English, out of copyright



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Coopers at work, their skilled hands crafting wooden barrels with precision and care. The workshop of a cooper, filled with the scent of freshly cut wood and the rhythmic sound of hammers striking against staves. In a dimly lit wine cellar, rows upon rows stand tall, patiently aging fine wines. In the dead of night, smugglers unload their illicit goods from hidden compartments within barrels, evading authorities in secret operations. At Glenlivet Scotch Whisky distillery in 1890, towering stacks of oak barrels hold the promise of rich flavors and smooth finishes. A replica Samuel Adams beer barrel proudly stands in Boston, Massachusetts - a symbol of craftsmanship and tradition. Maid Bestys Cellar in Porthmeor transports us back to 1871 Cornwall; its walls adorned with countless stacked barrels holding treasures yet to be discovered. Barrels brimming with molasses line West India Docks in London during 1926-1927 - an artist's lens capturing history frozen in time. Trams causing havoc on Belfast streets pass by Scotch Fishwives hard at work in Eyemouth - their laughter echoing through the air as they skillfully gut fish into waiting barrels. Step into a London Gin Palace circa 1820; ornate chandeliers illuminate shelves lined with glistening bottles while bartenders expertly pour spirits from aged casks. Holmes investigates another mysterious case involving a barrel marked "Baskerville, " unraveling clues hidden within its depths alongside his trusted companion Hound. From coopers' workshops to wine cellars and smuggling escapades to historic distilleries – these humble vessels have witnessed tales that span centuries and can not just containers but storytellers themselves; each one carrying whispers from generations past as they continue to shape our present-day experiences.