This sturdy and handsome leather bucket would have been used to carry shot or cordite, a substitute for gunpowder developed in the late 19th Century. Cordite was an improvement because it gave off much less smoke than gunpowder.
The interior is lined with canvas and the bucket includes the original leather carrying strap attached with metal fittings. The bucket bears the British Coat of Arms and so would have been carried into battle with British naval or other military forces during the first part of the 20th century into WWI and WWII. The bottom of the bucket is marked B.H. and G.L. Ltd., No. 66 II
In very good condition for its age, despite obvious use. The leather has a nice dark patina. The strap has a few period repairs. A very good looking piece.
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