"Dandy Barrel Pump" (United States patent
#681,807, September 3, 1901) was used to draw liquid
from a wooden barrel or keg to be dispensed into another
(most likely smaller) container. The liquid in the barrel
was commonly vinegar, cider or whiskey. The pump shown
here was missing the spout, so we crafted a replacement. Note that the entire device, except
for a leather disk, is made from wood and, wherever
possible, uses tapered friction fit to avoid the use
label states the following instructions for use:
hole in barrel large enough so pump will pass loosely
through it. Insert bushing on pump in bunghole.
Do not pound bushing with hammer, but apply pressure
downward with hand in spiral movement.
it is desired to remove piston rod, remove the spout
first, and always replace the rod before replacing
prolong life and effectiveness of this pump, clean
and sterilize same by slowly pumping hot water through
it between barrel changes.
The label also
claims that the pump is adapted to all the usual liquids,
such as those stated above as well as alcohol, syrup,
glycerin, turpentine, witch hazel, linseed oil, soldering
flux, light oils, distilled water, etc., dispensed from
barrels and kegs.