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Ever heard about treacle mugs? I have three. They used to be used in the
19th Century to take treacle beer home, the mugs having a china screwed
top. Due to the contents being sticky the tops used to get stuck and order
to release the top the lid would often be broken. Hence the jugs have all
been restored. I wonder what they are worth.
From Beer Dave: Treacle is a synonym for molasses. Some brews like Theakston's Old
Peculiar are brewed with molasses. Treacle beer was a forerunner of this
ale. A number of old ales and barleywines used this by product of the
sugar refining as a cheap source of a fermentable sugar. Rum was also
made from treacle. To find out more about the value and history of
treacle mugs visit www.steincollectors.org.
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