Jump to content

What is a Shot Bucket?


Recommended Posts

I picked up a leather carrying bucket last weekend at a junk store, described as a 'shot bucket'. It has the royal coat of arms on it, below which is an embossed 'N'. There are also some number embossed in the bottom. It is lined with canvas, and very well made. Does anyone have experience with these things?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Mike, thanks for confirming my hunch. I'm assuming these date from the age of sail? Also, would the numbers on the bottom of the bucket be useful in determining the type of shot?

Yes these were used in the age of sail by the Powder Monkey's...... As to shot, no I do not think so, but I think that they were more for powder than the shot as the cannon balls would be quite heavy for the Boy, Powder Monkey's would have had a hard time carrying them.....

I have also hear that they were used to carry sand to spread on the deck so the sailors would not slip on the blood and water on deck at the time of battle and water in the time of fire....... But powder was the main use.......

Mike

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You may be lucky and have a genuine one - you will need to show a picture for us to see the Royal Arms. The arms will date it to periods and also, if it is genuine they will be hand painted - copies will be transfers. Thousands of copies of these buckets are being made in India and Pakistan and sold to the West.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...