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Late Medieval; late 14th century
On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: London Industry and Civic Authority: Leatherwork
Leather was used for making light, unbreakable bottles for carrying drink on a journey. Soaked in water, the leather could be shaped around a pattern or 'former' and would retain its shape when dry. Costrels were barrel-shaped, and had lugs with holes on either side of the mouth so that they could be carried on a cord worn on the belt or round the neck. This one is decorated with shields.
H 180 mm; L 195 mm; W 80 mm
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