ISSUE 27  |  Summer Bunkhouse

Trend Alert: Collapsing Linen Bucket

July 10, 2014 4:00 PM

BY Barbara Peck

During a recent shopping foray in Europe, the good people at Best Made, the purveyor of quality tools, stumbled on a cache of vintage canvas buckets. Commissioned in the 1950s by the French Army and acquired by a dealer in rare military artifacts, the vintage buckets are the perfect size to tote garden tools:

Above: The French Army Collapsing Linen Bucket is classic in design and perfectly executed in a heavy linen woven tightly enough to hold water. It’s $44 from Best Made. 

Above: Also perfect for camping, the 11-inch-high bucket collapses into a flat pancake. It holds 1.8 gallons, plenty of water to douse a campfire.

Above: The bucket is reinforced with twine on the bottom, to hold extra weight.  

Note that since these pieces are vintage, they may show signs of age. 

See more French buckets at 5 Favorites: French Flower Buckets. For more great canvas items, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Etsy’s Best Canvas Carry-Alls