Danish M/1873 Water Bottle | Feltfalske M/1873
Like many European Countries in the 19th century (E.g.: Sweden and Russia), Denmark used glass water bottles for the better part of century before realising that aluminium was more suitable for the job. But before the price of aluminium had dropped significantly, glass remained cheap, and easy to get hold of - two important factors to take into consideration.
The M/1873 pattern replaced an older version made of glass as well, and came in two variants. The version featured on this page, intended for the infantry and a version intended for the use by cavalry. The cavalry version had a shoulder strap - the infantry version was carried on the belt.
Often made of clear glass, and bound in leather, the glass bottles was used well into the 20th century. When the neutrality guard was called up during World War One, there was not enough aluminium bottles to everyone, and the old M/1873 pattern soldiered on for the better part of the conflict.