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Leather was used for making light, unbreakable bottles for carrying drink on a journey. Soaked in water, the leather could be shaped around a pattern or 'former' and would retain its shape when dry. Costrels were barrel-shaped, and had lugs with holes on either side of the mouth so that they could be carried on a cord worn on the belt or round the neck. This one is decorated with shields.  Production Date: Late Medieval; late 14th century  Museum of London

Photograph: Leather costrel - a barrel-shaped bottle with lug-handles on either side of a short neck. It is decorated with 2 shields and a zigzag pattern up the sides.

Ethnographic Arms & Armour - Military 15th c. swiss canteen to identify

Ethnographic Arms Armour - Military c. swiss canteen to identify

Bunratty Castle Medieval Collection - Leather costrel with simple tooling

Bunratty Castle Medieval Collection - Leather costrel with simple tooling

Pilgrim's flask in an embroidered linen bag 14th - 15th century (1301 - 1500) Material and technique glass flask, probably blown; linen bag, with remains of embroidery in blue thread, probably cotton or flax; drawn-thread openwork; bag stuffed with vegetable fibre Dimensions with bag 13.5 x 11 x 1.5 cm sight size (height x width x depth) flask 10.2 cm (height) Accession no. EA1994.113

Pilgrim's glass flask in an drawn-thread work embroidered linen bag - front view - between

water bottle from the 1700s -- far more interesting than today's plastic

I have done a fair amount of research on & century water bottles, & I still find it difficult to know how some items are dated lat.

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Bunratty Castle Medieval Collection: A late century Costrel, or water carrier.

Aumônière of a countess of Bar (CL11788), 14th century; Bags holding alms were often carried by brides to pass coins to those lining the route to the church

Aumônière of a countess of Bar century; Bags holding alms were often carried by wealthy brides to pass coins to those lining the route to the church

Leather costrel, 1400s. Museum of London, 2006  A costrel is a flat, pear-shaped drinking vessel with loops for attachment to the belt of the user for easy carrying.

Costrels

Previous Pinner's Note: Leather costrel, Museum of London, 2006 A costrel is a flat, pear-shaped drinking vessel with loops for attachment to the belt of the user for easy carrying.

Purse with scenes from the story of Patient Griselda, 14th century France, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number: 27.48.2

Purse with scenes from the story of Patient Griselda, century France, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number:

Medieval leather pouch flap with cutwork decoration; Novgorod Archaeological Museum.

Medieval leather pouch flap with cutwork decoration; Several Russian medieval pouches are documented on this page.

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