A fine pair of early 19th-Century British naval powder buckets with original paint with gilding. They are constructed of staved wood barrels with three bolsters, then covered with canvas in and out, and have brass circular lashing hardware affixed with copper, hand peened rivets. They were used to store the powder charges for the cannons during the time of the Napoleonic wars era. The sturdy canvas and oak wood barrel protected the powder from exploding. A powder 'monkey' would carry the charges from below deck to the cannons. Overall, they are painted dark red and are decorated on the front with the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom. They are a remarkable piece of British maritime history.
By the way, the powder monkeys were the small boys that scurried up and below deck, running the powder charges from the magazine to the cannons. Each cannon had his own powder 'monkey'. This was the time of Admiral Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars.
Dimensions: 7.5"Diameter x 21"Height
Condition: Very good antique condition, sturdy. Original paint with gilding that shows age and craquelure in the surfaces.
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