This ingenious bucket was carried into the orchard, filled with apples, then unloaded into a larger hopper, by loosening two ropes, and opening the canvas bottom. One could unload the carrier without taking it off your shoulder. It consists of a kidney bean shaped ring of galvanized metal, 16" long, 8 1/2" wide, and 10" deep. Two heavy web straps are attached to the top. The base of the unit has a strip of canvas, extending the depth another 6 inches. This becomes the bottom of the carrier when short knotted ropes are brought up, and fastened to the sides. When full, these roped are unhooked, opening the bottom, and letting the fruit fall through. This is an old, and well used primitive farm piece. May be home made as we find no marks.
Item ID: 731