The leather bottell is a vessel for water or wine, with hoops to let it be hung (from, e.g., a horse’s saddle). It is a period charge, having been borne by the Worshipful Company of Horners since the end of the 16th Century [Bromley & Child 141-2]. See also water-bouget.
Svein sutari svithanda bears: Argent, a leather bottell sable between three ogresses.
A water-bouget is a pair of water bags on a yoke, drawn in a highly stylized heraldic form. It is one of the most ancient of charges, dating from 1244 in the arms of de Ros (Roos, Ross, Rous) [Asp2 212]. There are several period depictions of the water-bouget; no difference is counted between them. The illustration is taken from the Garter stall plate of Sir John Bourchier, d.1474. See also bottell (leather).
Constance Grey bears: Azure, three water-bougets Or.
Elspeth of Seal Cove bears: Purpure, a water-bouget erminois.
Margaret de Mey bears: Gules, three water-bougets argent.
Vessels are hollow containers for holding easily spilled contents. They come in a wide variety of shapes, depending on their intended purpose; they may be made of metal, wood, horn, ceramic or glass. If glass is intended, the charge should not be drawn as though transparent, through the use of voiding or chasing, but should be solidly tinctured.