Half barrel

Half barrel

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Such half barrels served a lot of purposes which determined their size. Large ones were used during grape harvesting. Two or three stood on a wood cart being filled with the plucked grapes. At home they served also as container for fermentation and storage. Another application of large half barrels was the use as washing troughs. Especially between the 13th and 16th century several of such tubs stood in bathhouses being used by both male and female in common. Later, up to the 20th century, many families had a small version for the weekly bath (or rather less frequently?!). This tub was also used as washtub when washboards were still in use and sheet-metal troughs not available A German word for this container is "Bütte" (=vat) and is eponymous for the "Büttenpapier" (= laid paper). The vat contained the linen pulp where the handmade paper was taken out by a wire sieve. Today, larger half barrels are used as cold water tubs when taking a sauna. #bottich #garden #Gelte #half_barrel #holz #keg #old #tub #vintage #washtub #wooden #Zuber
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