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.’