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Accession number 2005.88
Catalog Number 2005.88.1
Object Name Vat, Processing
Description Syrup vat given to Mertie VanDeVelde by Billy Bowlegs the 3rd. Large cast iron syrup kettle or sugar vat donated to the museum by Billie Bowlegs. The syrup kettle is a shallow bowl in form that would have fit into a stand or into the top of a furnace. The convex form of the bottom of the kettle does not allow it to sit straight on its own. The kettle has a flat rim around the top that is 10" wide and the lip of which is 5/8" thick. The bowl is solid without any holes through it.

The syrup kettle was used to boil and evaporate/reduce the cane juice that has been squeezed out of the sugar cane. The juice is reduced until only the sweet syrup is left. Eighty gallons of cane juice takes four hours to evaporate down to 8 gallons of syrup. As the liquid is evaporating, the impurities float to the top and are skimmed off (www.sugercanemills.com). Examples of working syrup kettles in Florida can be found at the Whiddon House and the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village.

55.5" diameter, 5/8" lip thickness, 10" deep.
Inside diameter 47.5", 9" deep
Dimensions W-55.5 D-10 inches
Collection Metal Objects
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