Thermal Tankard

Object    : Thermal Tankard
Country  : USA
Culture   : USA
20th Century
B.L.A.S.T. Museum




This thermal tankard is a modern style blended with historic design. A cross between a tankard and a thermos, with the ability to handle both hot and cold beverages. B.L.A.S.T. Museum Investigators have determined that this one may have also been used as a coffee pot.

This object is still under research and will be updated soon.


This one for my boy.

 Chef Leslie Nailer






The word cash that is used to refer to currency by Americans is derived from the word Kash.

Kash is an ancient beer and it was used to pay workers and builders of the Great Egyptian Pyramids. Stone cutters, slaves, architects, and even public officials were often paid with beer.Two containers of kash equalled minimum wage for an Egyptian laborer’s day of work.

Egyptians were brewing and distributing at least six varieties of beer by 3,000 B.C.

…And check this out.

  •  Egypt : If a man offered a lady a sip of his beer they were betrothed.
  • Mesopotamia : Tavern owners found guilty of overcharging patrons for beer were sentenced to death by drowning.
  • Ancient Babylonia : A bride’s father would supply all the ‘honey’ beer the groom could drink for one month after the wedding.  Because the calendar was lunar based, this month was referred to as the “honey moon”.
  • Ancient Babylon : Babylonians were dead serious about beer making. To regulate quality, it was decreed that any commercial beer maker who sold unfit beer was to be drowned in that very libation.

This stamp seal from Tepe Gawra depicts two figures drinking beer using traditional straws and container dates to 4000 B.C.

Beer was prominently featured in Sumerian and Mesopotamian texts and art such as this Lapis Lazuli seal from the Royal Cemetery at Ur. This seal dates to the Early Dynastic Period, Mesopotamia 2600-2350 B.C.

Black Cat Wine

Object      : Bottle
Country    : Germany
Culture     : Zell
Date         : 2000
Collection : B.L.A.S.T. Storage Vessels






Zeller Schwarze Katz or Black Cat Wine is a German product credited to Romans. Durning ancient  German times Romans established and developed a viniculture and wine making region in a village belonging to the Mosel river region called Cell or Cella (Zell).

The iconic black cat logo serves the region and has been traced to a fable. Legend says that a fierce black cat guarded a barrel of Zeller wine stored among many barrels of wine in a cellar, so many locals believed the wine inside the barrel to be special.

This Riesling-blend is a wonderful wine during and after a meal.


African Elegance

An African art exhibition fueled with the intention to promote pride and prominence toward the ancestry and heritage of New Orleanians through grace and craftsmanship. It features jewelry, royal possessions, and prestige objects from the Democratic Republic of Congo that have been selected  from the Southern University at New Orleans African Art Collection by Master’s of Arts College of Museum Studies degree candidate Michael Brown. The exhibition will be on display in the
African-American Resource Center, located on the second floor, in the City of New Orleans Main Public Library, 291 Loyola Ave. from July 18, 2012 to mid October 2012.

* Two features of this exhibition are the MUKENGA MASK and the  KUBA CUP.


Object: Cup/Goblet
Country:Democratic Republic of Congo
Date:13th-14th Century
Collection:Southern University at New Orleans Bertrand Collection of African Art

3 In One Collection

Object : [Water Vessel]
Country : [unknown]
Culture : [unknown]
Date : [unknown]
B.L.A.S.T. Museum 3 In One Collection







This terracotta vessel may be used as a storage vessel. It has 3, uniquely placed handles that give it the ability to be used as a transportation vessel. When the handles are roped it can be used as a back pack. When the ropes are removed an individual can drink directly from it.

This vessel is under research by B.L.A.S.T. Museum Investigators and information will be updated soon.

*  B.L.A.S.T. Update…museum investagators are contemplating the creation of a new collection and transferring this vessel. It has been determined that this vessel can also be used to serve, and so it fits a new category of vessels.

Wine Skin

Object : Wine Skin
Culture : [unknown]
Country : [unknown]
Date : 19th Century
Collection : B.L.A.S.T. Museum 3 In One  Vessels

Wine skin history is under research by B.L.A.S.T. Museum Investigators and material will be updated soon.


Dedicated to my Smith and Martin family in memory of Ms.Theresa  “Ronnie” Smith.



“Ya’ll know how we do …We WHYIANE ! for the wine .”

Country:United States of America
Date: 20th Century
Material: Glass
B.L.A.S.T.Museum: 3 In One Vessel Collection

 The Haunted House Wine label is a Halloween decoration novelty, but the wine is a Carlos and Rossi. It is a B.L.A.S.T:Museum favorite and is offered to family and friends during any occasion to really keep the party going. Nothing special about this wine except the merriment and good feeling during family time together. B.L.A.S.T:Museum Wineologists simply choose an inexpensive table wine and sometimes it may not be served during the festivities, so it is placed into hiding, then added to another occasion’s list. This Halloween carry over aged four years unintentionally and was supposed to be a Halloween treat, but it was selected for the 2012 July 4th celebration. This glass bottle is a great jug example and is a feature of the B.L.A.S.T:Museum 3 In One permanent collection. It is also a great serving,transportation,and storage vessel.

Jug Sliders are good accompaniment featured from the Carlos and Rossi party snack menu.
1 lb. ground beef
1 package of mini buns
2 table spoons of butter/margarine
4oz. button mushrooms (sliced thin)
2 large scallions (sliced)
1 shallot (minced)
1 cup merlot
green leaf lettuce
salt,pepper to taste

Tha Hole : B.L.A.S.T. Library

Leo Cotton. Old Mr.Boston, Deluxe Official Bartender’s Guide.(1935).Ben Burk Inc. Boston
Tha Hole : B.L.A.S.T.Museum Library

The Old Mister Boston Distillery was founded In 1933 in Roxbury,Massachusetts and produced gin,rum,bourbon,brandies,cordials,and liqueurs until 1986. Known as a bible of booze, both professional and home bartenders use this guide. The Mr.Boston company is also known for their collectible bottles. The Sazerac Company of New Orleans currently owns the Mr.Boston name and uses it to import light and dark Virgin Island rums.