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Object ID # 1955.012.005ab
Object Name Bottle, Water
Title World War I German Water Bottle
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Year Range from 1914
Year Range to 1918
Place of Origin Germany?
Description A German military-style water bottle from the First World War. It has a machine-stitched grey wool felt woolen casing / cover with a leather strip. The cover has four snap closures with quatrefoil designs impressed on them. The buckled leather strap closure goes around the neck of the bottle. This leather strapping has a slotted end that catches onto a knob present at the bottom of the bottle. It is cork-stoppered (the cork area is silvertone in finish, while the rest of the bottle is grey in colour). Unknown manufacturer. Ovoid shape bottle (German ones were oval).
Provenance Most likely used by Arthur Clifford Husband who served overseas in World War I. Arthur, while studying medicine in Toronto, enlisted in the First World War and went overseas, receiving a commission.

Subsequently owned by his mother, Mary Husband (neé Fraser) who died not long after her son's death. Last owned by Alice Husband (neé Gilbert), the second wife of Charles Husband.
Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal/Wool/Leather
Dimensions W-13 L-24 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Husband, Charles
Husband, Arthur
Subjects Germany

World War I (First World War/The Great War)
Function These were referred to as water bottles (not canteens) in their time period. They were issued to provide a means for a soldier to carry a quantity of water with him. This one would have belonged to a German or Prussian soldier.