A Medieval Spout
description by Kate Roe
This is a vessel spout - a zoomorphic vessel spout to be precise as the
rounded tubular pipe (on the right of the picture) that would have been the pouring end has an animal head (probably a dog) around it with the end of
the spout projecting from the jaws. The flared curved end could have been soldered to a jug or a bowl, but some authorities suggest that these items
were used as pouring spouts from leather vessels. It's made from cast copper alloy and is Medieval, dating from between 1300-1500 approx. Similar items have been found all over the UK.