Cordite Leather Bucket, with Coat of Arms, English, c. 1900
This is a late 19th to early 20th century cordite leather military bucket. It was designed to carry cordite, a smokeless propellant developed and produced in the UK from 1889. Cordite replaced gunpowder for the military. So, what we have here is a specially designed "bucket" to carry cordite shells.
One of the experts on military related antiques is Christopher Clarke (Antiques, located in Stow on the Wold, Cotswolds, UK. Since we didn't want to do a cross section of this cordite bucket, we referred to Clarke's blog in which he explains the construction of a cordite bucket. According to Clarke, the body of the bucket is made of cork covered on the inside with canvas and leather on the outside. Note that the handle and straps are made of leather, and are fastened with copper visits. Clarke also points out that cork is used because its fire resistant and light in weight. Leather protects the cork from getting wet, and the canvas simply provides a seal on the cork on the inside.
There are also four copper rivets on the bottom of the bucket which gives it further support when resting on the ground.
The cordite bucket is 19 7/8 inches tall, and 6 inches in diameter. The straps are 2 inches wide, and adds 4 inches to the height of the cordite bucket.
The leather is in very good condition. It has a wonderful patina, and also has 4 1/2 inch wide and 4 7/8 inch tall coat of arms. The coat of arms has been rubbed and some of the color has been removed.
This is a cordite bucket that is in very good condition, and has a beautiful coat of arms. The coat of arms or armorials were added after the cordite bucket was decommissioned from the military. This is a wonderful piece of British History and fits into any deco.