Portable charcoal water filter, in cylindrical nickel plated brass case, possibly used by troops in the Boer War, probably English, 1890-1920
This water filter could be easily assembled by inserting the metal rod into the charcoal cylinder. When not in use, the charcoal could be stored in the brass case. It is thought that this filter was intended for British troops during the Boer War (1899-1902) in Southern Africa.
Filtering water had two benefits: water from dirty streams could be drunk when fresh supplies had run out; and waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery could be avoided. Charcoal has long been used to filter and purify water, dating back to at least 2000 BCE in India.
- Public Health & Hygiene
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overall (brass case): 84 mm 43 mm, 0.064 kg
overall (water filter): 215 mm 43 mm, 0.074kg
- water filter
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- filtration equipment - particulates
- Bodenham, W.R.
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