I was honoured to be asked to make a replica Saxon bucket for the new Elaine Evans Archaeology Gallery at Brighton Museum in East Sussex.
The bucket was to be used as a mount for the surviving fittings of a large bucket found during the Howletts cemetery excavations in Kent in the early 20th century. Little remained of the original fittings and wood but it is known that the vessel had a rather large rim diameter of almost 300mm – far bigger than any I have made before and would have held approximately 32 pints!
The bucket was stave built from yew wood and comprised 16 staves (2mm thick at the rim and c. 10mm thick at the bottom), slotted around a circular yew base, and held in place with copper strips, riveted together to form bands.
Using the pressblech technique, I also made some foils of the pendant fittings which were attached to one of the metal bands.
The bucket was finished and delivered ready for the Museum gallery opening in early 2019. It looks rather impressive in its new home (…although I’m not sure that the original handle would have ever supported the bucket when it was full!)
And how did I know it really held 32 pints? Well……