WW1 Royal Navy cordite charge carrier. The carrier is 20.1/2 in (52cm) tall or 26 in (66cm) when hanging from the leather handle. At the widest point it has a diameter of 7.1/2 in (18.5cm). The carrier weighs 2.08 kg. Made out of cork covered in either canvas or leather. This particular one has been finished in canvas, painted brown and decorated with a Royal Crest and varnished. The Royal Crest (applied by transfer) bears the King's crown so dating it to around WW1. A large and robustly stitched leather handle hangs from the two firmly secured brass pins.
These canvas covered buckets were designed to carry cordite. These carriers are flash proof and carry cartridges. Cordite is a group of smokeless propellants developed and produced in the United Kingdom from 1889 to replace gunpowder as a military propellant.
A very interesting piece of naval history that is a brilliant collectors piece or decorative item that would appeal to anyone interested in the artillery, navy or has an interest in gunnery. Perhaps someone would even like re-designate it as an elegent walking stick or umbrella stand. The carrier is in reasonably good condition with less damage and wear as might be expected from its use and age. The transfer and brown paint has been scuffed and knocked with the passage of time although the crest is still easily recogniseable and retaining of its fascination.
This is a good example of the type of container that was used on Royal Navy ships to carry cordite charges and is in good overall condition commensurate with age.
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