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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 08:22 PM

I thought I'd share one of the neat pieces from my parent's house.

This is a collapsible bucket. It's made of canvas, soaked in linseed oil. The sides collapse and the top and bottom fold too. It would end up as a half moon when all folded up.

Due to the age of this, we've never folded it for fear of damage, but all the hinges are free. Estimates on age vary drastically, but what we feel is the best guess is from the early 1900's, possibly up to WW1. Uses are just a good guess too, but uses could've been on the farm, even late in the wagon era. With this pour spout, I think it was for an early vehicle, possibly even military.

Anyways, enough with my guesses... here's the pics. (small because I took them with my cell phone.)bucket side (Medium).jpg bucket side hinge 1 (Medium).jpg
bucket side hinge 2 (Medium).jpg bottom hinge (Medium).jpg
bucket bottom 2 (Medium).jpg bucket bottom 1 (Medium).jpg
bucket top 1 (Medium).jpg bucket top 2 (Medium).jpg
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 08:30 PM

Thanks for the pics Alan. It sure is a unique piece. Hopefully we have an expert that will be able to tell us what a bucket like that was used for.

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 08:32 PM

That's a very interesting piece of history! I will be interested to see if anyone know a little more about it's possible uses! Thanks for posting the pics!
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 08:35 PM

That is really cool. I have never seen a folding bucket. I would love to hear more of the history of them.
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 08:42 PM

Here is a link to a bucket for sale on e-bay. It doesn't show the spout which would make it even more unique.
http://www.ebay.com/...=item53ebb5c9f8
The hinging and some of the other details look similar.
I did a search for the Planet Co in Springfield,MA and came up with this site. This one has the spout.
http://www.mtfca.com...html?1271514996

Edited by grand, February 29, 2012 - 08:49 PM.

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 08:49 PM

Thanks Grand, looks like the same thing as Mom & Dad's, just without the pour spout. Neat, now I have a brand name.

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 08:57 PM

Hey Alan it looks like you posted about the same time that I edited my post. The second link shows a good match to your bucket. I would have posted it sooner but I type really s l o w.

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 09:06 PM

Nice, Being a Old Man and Auctioneer for 49 years doing Farm and Antique sales though I had seen everything, You got one on me.
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 09:06 PM

Hey Alan it looks like you posted about the same time that I edited my post. The second link shows a good match to your bucket. I would have posted it sooner but I type really s l o w.


That's the one! I love this place. Share something and get an answer on what you don't know in 20 minutes LOL.

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 09:14 PM

Thats very interesting! Its certenly unique! Thanks for sharing!
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 09:32 PM

Ryan,opps I guess I meen Alan, lol We carry military folding buckets on all of our fire trucks, They are great for priming portable pumps. Compartment space on a firetruck is used to the fullest, So the buckets were a great addition. We had got them from federal surplus, EX-Military. Yours are older than ours, ours are canvas with a silicone rubber type sealent on the inside, O.D. green of course! Shawn

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 10:01 PM

Took a few permutations of what I thought the Patent # was, but I found it. Patented on Dec 26, 1899. Invented by an Albert Muller in Germany. USPTO # 639822

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Posted February 29, 2012 - 10:05 PM

Well that's something you don't see everyday, I don't think I ever seen one.
Good Stuff.
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Posted February 29, 2012 - 11:13 PM

Thanks for posting the bucket, a lot of the steam engine guys collect thoses, sometimes they have one or two hanging off the steam traction engine, antique fire fighting truck collectors have them too, the US army used them untill it was replaced with the rubberized stuff, very easy to carry around in the pack, they are neat buckets.
Here's some different examples from the web.

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Posted March 01, 2012 - 05:12 AM

Hey Alan,that is pretty cool.Thanks for posting the pics.I haven't seen one of those in years.




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