Leather costrel: late 14th century
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Leather costrel, barrel shaped bottle with lug-handles on either side of a short neck. It is decorated with two shields and a zigzag pattern up the sides. 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 form, retaining 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.
1350 AD - 1400 AD