Leather Bottell

English, 17th c.

Leather. This form is widely but wrongly known as a "costrel" because its primary use was not for carrying liquor but for drinking it, in the tavern or in the fields. It is, then, a bottle (bottel or bottell in its day), the drinking vessel of choice for laborers and artisans. Now really rare: bottells could not be coated inside with tar like blackjacks so the leather dried and began leaking comparatively quickly. This one has a wonderfully aged surface - a joy to see and to handle. (Final image: bottle from the Mary Rose, sunk 1545) Typical wear, leaks and surface cracks.

Approx 8" h x 6" w x 4" d.

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