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Leather Water bottle C16th & C17th style


I have seen no evidence of people carrying their own water. Many believe it was uncommon or dangerous to drink water but I find that hard to believe. Sailors on long journeys were able to collect rain water in sails for example and the wells around where I live in the Peak District, go back many centuries. Whatever you believe, the people must have drunk something and the country's population was sparse so there may well be times when a personal supply was needed.

There are two types of bunged vessels I've seen. One is shaped like a flattened light bulb and the other like a wine bottle with a snub neck. The former looks a little too like C18th powder flasks to me so I have opted for the latter. In the pictures you can see the original and one that we make here, before and after the beeswax is applied and then hardenned in the oven. The bungs are all different kinds; simple wood turnings that taper fit in the neck of the bottle. I have included a final picture of a C17th example in a painting by David Tenniers who lived from 1610 to 1690. The pictures shows such a bottle hanging under a shelf and is likely, from the style of clothes worn, to be painted around 1640 to 1660, indicating that such bottles were not only used on land but also in the mid C17th.

The inside of the bottle can be beeswax or brewers pitch whichever you prefer. If you don't specify then you might receive whatever sort we arc currently making. When I say 'we' I mean we are a family business of husband and wife with my teenage daughter here in Yorkshire UK. We make everything by hand here in the workshop/cellar beneath the house.


Product Description

This is a replica of the Mary Rose leather water bottle and this article was the inspiration for it. The bottle is constructed in such a way that it must have been formed around a block it seems. Please click on the pictures to see how I made it. A flagon, which is the same as two pints, fits perfectly in to this replica. I can’t show the research of lucrece de monsoreau as a picture so please click on this pdf: https://sevenstarwheel.files.wordpress.com/…/mary-rose-leat…

Some mid C17th references to water and bottles:

Better Begging than Fighting. The Royalist Army in Exile. John Barrett. Century of the Soldier 7.

‘Water is so scarce here that we marched Saturday last above ten miles without one drop. The Cardinal presents us with both wine and beer each town we come to’ (Captain Roger Whetstone of the English detachment on 26 May, 1657, to General Monck) Page 39. This comment was made about marching through France.

The Bavarian Army During The Thirty Years War 1618-1648. The Backbone of the Catholic League by Laurence Spring. Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 No. 15

Pp 85 to 86 Water Bottles Carried by Soldiers.

‘Campaigns were conducted not only for strategic purposes, but also to find fertile land where an army commander could feed his army. The newssheet More Newes from the Palatinate, published on 5 June 1622, records:
Count Mansfieldt had the advantage of them [Tilly’s Army] for when the soldiers had eat up their victuals which they brought with them in their knapsacks and drunk out all their water out of their water bottles (those that had it) their wine out of their Borachoes there was no way for them….their hunger which breaks through stone wall s and fears nonworst enemy then is selfe’

‘Another Newsletter, dated this time for July 1623, records that in Tilly’s army:
The thirst all this while said to be very sore in his Army; for want of water, was said to be one of the main reasons of his [Tilly’s] so sudden retreating; (there being no river near to his former camp, nor other water but such as was brought on horseback in buckets, waterbuckets, Borachoes and the like, which made it to be sold extremely dear.’

‘Nothing had changed by August 1631, when another newssheet reported that Gustavus Adolphus.
Hath his provisions and victuals coming to him without any let, whereas Tilly hath none but what is brought very far down from Germany to his army, where there is already such a dearth, that a loaf of bread costs a florin of gold….whereby it is thought that Tilly must either go back again or tarrying but a while longer [and] suffer extremely.’

Additional Information

Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 9 x 9 x 25 cm