image MS_776_461
Image number: RS.17394
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Cider barrel


22 July 1663


Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number




height (page): 320mm
width (page): 200mm


   > Mechanics


Design of a barrel tapered downwards with holes, explained by Captain Silas Taylor in a letter to Henry Oldenburg dated 14 July, London. This was read at the meeting of the Royal Society on 22 July 1663. Silas Taylor, alias Domville (1624-1678), was an active participant in the early Royal Society who never became a Fellow.

The original letter is at EL/T/2/003. There are other copies of this image at RBO/2i/278, RBO/2ii/191, MS/215/084 and RBC/2/079.

This volume is another copy of entries of the first two volumes of the Register Book. It was given to Sir Joseph Banks by G. S. Heales Esquire of Doctor's Common on 31 May 1814.

Object history

At the meeting of the Royal Society on 6 July 1663, ‘Col. Long was desired to peruse all the papers hitherto given in concerning cider, and to reduce them into one compleat history, adding his own observations and experience on that subject. Capt. Taylor was also desired to communicate what he knew of it in writing’ (Birch 1:272).

22 July 1663, ‘Capt. Taylor gave in his observations on cider, which were read, and ordered to be registered’ (Birch 1:280).

This was printed as part of 'Aphorisms concerning Cider' in John Evelyn, Sylva, or, a Discourse of Forest-Trees, and the Propagation of Timber in His Majesties Dominions (London: J. Martyn and J. Allestry, 1664), p. 49.

Associated place

<The World>
   > Europe
      > United Kingdom