M996X.2.824 | Bucket

19th century
29.3 x 30.3 cm
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

The wooden bucket was a watertight container used for the transportation and storage of liquids, such as water or maple sap, or various other materials. Some people used them to transport goods purchased in the market.

Until 1840, buckets were made either by the families who used them, or by cooper craftsmen. These containers, made of iron or different species of wood, have various shapes and sizes, according to the uses for which they were intended. Some had handles, others did not.

  • What

    The bucket, which was often used as a unit of measurement, had a capacity of about 12 pints or 7 litres.

  • Where

    In Quebec, wood, an abundant and inexpensive material, was used to make many common household articles.

  • When

    Like various other types of wooden containers with iron hoops, wooden buckets were still being used by most families in the late 19th century.

  • Who

    The cooper's trade was still very much alive in Quebec until the end of the 19th century. It was the coopers, using special tools, who made very watertight buckets, barrels and tubs.