Bukta

Products

Dont really know much about their product range but smaller ridge tents crop up on Ebay fairly regularly - good ones can go for good money too with the whole Retro thing being so fashionable at the moment

They certainly seem to have made tents from well before WW2 up until maybe the 1970s or early 1980s (when the business was bought out). A lot of their tents carry the names of British Birds, which is kind of sweet

Frametents

Bukta Cormorant, 1960s, very modern looking vis-a-vis style Frametent

Bukta Kingfisher, 1960s, this was a compact (and windowless) Frametent

Bukta Kiwi, 1960s, another compact Frametent not unlike the Kingfisher

Bukta Mallard, 1960s, very basic tent by modern standards with no inner tent or groundsheet

Bukta Osprey, 1960s, one of the biggest Bukta Frametents

Ridge Tents

Bukta Albatross, 1960s, very similar to Gannet only bigger. Patrol style inner with high walls and sloping rear. The flysheet extended forwards and to the ground creating side storage and a porch area

Bukta Gannet, 1960s, a mid size Patrol style inner with high walls and sloping rear. The flysheet extended forwards and to the ground creating side storage and a porch area

Bukta Grebe, 1960s, mid sized Patrol style ridge with high walls, sloping rear and groundsheet

Bukta Harrier, 1960s, larger version of the Hawk, simple Patrol style ridge tent with high walls and no groundsheet

Bukta Hawk, 1960s, a simple Patrol style ridge tent with high walls and no groundsheet

Bukta Hobby, 1960s, a mid sized ridge with sloping back end and low side walls

Bukta Jackdaw, 1960s and 1970s, was a small version of what most people would call a Patrol Tent

Bukta Jay, 1960s, simple and compact ridge tent with sloping back end

Bukta Kestrel, simple high wall Patrol Tent with square back end

Bukta Mavis, 1960s, love the name, it is a simple high wall Patrol tent

Bukta Plover, 1960s, Patrol tent style with high walls and an extended ridge creating a nice porch area

Bukta Starling, 1960s, a tiddler of a ridge tent, "lightweight" camping without groundsheet or frills

Bukta Swallow, 1960s, Patrol tent style ridge with high walls

Bukta Wanderlust, 1960s, akin to a Pyramid tent or Blacks Good Companions

Accessories / flysheets

Bukta Dorgard, 1960s, a simple flat square tarp used to protect the door area on a range of ridge tents

Bukta Lapwing, 1960s, amazing flysheet that created an extended and enclosed porch ridge tent from one or more of the Patrol models (not sure which)

History

Another of the older UK tent brands that was mostly focussed on sports wear. Bukta was started by Edward Buck back in 1879, initially making sports clothing for the Army. In 1907 they became the official supplier of uniforms for the Scouts, Guides and Brownies. Making tents was a natural diversification of the business but we arent sure when they started. The business was family run up until 1982

There is a bit more info on the Bukta History webpage and Bukta Wiki Entry

You will find their modern day website at www.bukta.com

 

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