Hello Every One.
Been a while since a post has been on here, I have this bottle and its almost identical to Andrews item that was posted earlier within this subject, but just A note about the felt covers on these bottles as most are khaki and self explanatory but some are Navy blue.
Would the blue felt indicate Artillery/Medical use as obviously the Khaki is Infantry ?
Now my bottle here belonged to the moth battalion as shows
....I think its the same as Andrews being a private purchase.
The blue felt covered water bottles I come across always seem to be made by Samuel and Sons, Hobson and Sons, Army Navy Co-Op, or Bryan's. That being said, this would put them in the category of officer's "private purchase". With regards to being issued to medical or artillery personnel of the Boer War, or the 1895-1902 period in general, it is certainly conceivable that medical/artillery officer's could have purchased and carried them. Identifying this in period photos can be tricky, with officer's dressed as the ranks, one might identify,say an artillery officer as a ranker carrying a dark covered water bottle and assume it an issue item to the ranks.
Many officer's of all branches carried the Mk.IV water bottle with various felt coverings and leather straps. Not just the other types available, types of which are pictured in the previous pages of this thread. I have one in my collection by Hobson and Son's (lacking the wide lip) with dark blue felt and bridle leather shoulder sling, and a gilt chain retaining the stopper. There are also versions that I understand were carried by the Home Guard later in the early part of the 20th Century.Whether or not these were provided by the above mentioned makers, or produced by Government contractors, I cannot be certain.