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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…

Additional Information

Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 9 x 9 x 25 cm