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October 2020 Archive

A Brief History of Leather Drinking Vessels

The long history of leather drinking vessels stretches from ancient times to the Crimean War. Moulded leather vessels dating back to ancient Egyptian times have been found and a relief carving on Rekmire Tomb clearly resembles a leather bottle complete with stitching. An early Nubian predynastic grave has revealed a leather vessel at the head of the occupant where a pottery one would normally be found.
Moving to western Europe, in 1848 a silver lipped leather cup was found near Buxton.