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Title: Branding Kettle, 1877

Accession Number: 1978.199
Category: TOOLS
Type: keg brand
Place: USA, MA, South Harwich
Date: 1877
Materials: metal; wood
Description: Iron brand used to mark kegs of fish. Rusted round iron container, tapered and perforated at base, with T-handle and wooden grip. Bronze bottom plate reads: "C. SMALL/ MACKEREL/ No 1/ 1877/ MASS./ DEP. INSP./ SOUTH HARWICH". Hot coals were place in drum to head bronze plate. Drum has sliding lid with hanging hook. Bronze plate diameter = 6-1/2". This ¿branding kettle¿ was used by deputy inspector Caleb Small of South Harwich, Massachusetts, to mark casks of the most valuable ¿No. 1¿ mackerel in 1877.

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