Cotehele House Leather Vessel Gallery

I give in. I’m only about 2/3 of the way through the Scottish National Museum photos and I just can’t face them at the moment. So working backwards from the end of the trip instead, here’s a gallery of leather objects from Cotehele House in Cornwall.

Late 18th century leather buckets
A pair of eighteenth century leather fire buckets in the kitchen. Riveted construction throughout, the top band is thin metal. Similar buckets are in Fort Nelson from HMS Invincible, Cawdor Castle and on HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

Late 18th century leather bucket
Close up of base and the method of riveting. Unlike the Mary Rose buckets, there is no welt. I’m sure I’ve seen that pattern of rivets somewhere before.

Late 18th century leather buckets

Detail of the top bands showing how the handles attach.

17th century bombard

Large Black Jack/Bombard that was in the punch room when we visited. The style dates it to the first half of the seventeenth century, it stands really roughly 20″/510mm high when measured to the nearest knee.

17th century bombard

There are four layers in the handle. This bombard has a really nice shape around the spout, it looks like it only had very light use and has been looked after. I’m sorry I don’t have any more information about it.

Cotehele House is a National Trust property at St Dominick, near Saltash, PL12 6TA.