The bucket has been a part of human history for thousands of years. Thought to originate from the word “buc” which meant launcher in Old English, the word was first used in the 13th century and continues to be a part of our ever-evolving language, from jargon to computer terminology.
From early childhood – the miniature bucket and shovel, enjoyed in a sand pit or on the beach, to the end of human life when people euphemistically “kick the bucket”, this essential item is a part of life and everyday language, used in each part. of the world.
The earliest representations of these useful objects are found in carvings dating to around 3200 BC. C., showing Pharaoh Narmer with a servant carrying a bucket. Assyro-Babylonian carvings have gods and jinn with small buckets, containing lustral (sacred) water in one hand and a cone for sprinkling in the other. Ancient Olmec carvings in Mexico also show priests with small buckets.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a beautifully painted terracotta Greek bucket (situla) dating to 350 BC. These buckets were used to decant, cool and serve the wine. The museum also has a very rare one made of glass with silver handles, which is very unusual as metal situlae were much more common.
The vigiles, inspired by the firefighters of Alexandria, became known as the “little cube companions” (Spartoli) or the cube brigades. The buckets they used were made of rope sealed with pitch. Firefighters continued to use human “bucket chains”, and rescuers of earthquake victims still use them to this day.
In northern European countries, buckets were made of metal, wood, and leather. Wooden buckets were made by coopers with staves or rope handles. In addition to their many domestic uses: milking, water extraction from wells, sanitation, and construction, they were also used in war machines such as catapults as an early form of biological warfare, used to hurl waste, human body parts, and dead and diseased animals on the fortification walls of cities, castles and towers.
galvanized iron buckets
Patented by Stanislas Sorel in 1837, strong, rust-resistant galvanized buckets quickly replaced leather and wooden buckets. Metal buckets with different compartments and removable cups were manufactured for use as lunch boxes. Enamel lunch pails known as gamelles and lidded granite containers continued to be made into the last century. The basic metal bucket was further adapted for a variety of uses, including charcoal buckets, bird feeders and waterers, mop buckets, and bulldozer buckets.
the plastic bucket
Cheap, lightweight, multicolored plastic buckets first became available in 1967, in a variety of shapes and sizes. They were quickly adopted by the food industry for the sale of ice cream, confectionery, takeout chicken, and other food products. Plastic buckets are used to sell cleaning products, animal feed, fertilizers, toys, nails, clips and a host of other items, whose continuity seems to be assured, regardless of modern advances and inventions.