PORCELAIN CANTEEN, GAR MEDAL & CANE ID’D TO 1ST WEST VIRGINIA SOLDIER

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Item Code: 217-211

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Very nice full-sized porcelain canteen with a painted design on each side. The obverse has a raised and painted GAR Membership badge at center. The eagle and drop are painted gold while the flag ribbon is red, white and blue. Around the badge in gold paint is “CORPORAL JOHN M. NELSON 1ST WVA. VOL INF.” The badge at center is flanked by “CO. B.” All this decoration is within a gold border that surrounds the edge. The reverse has a wonderful painting at center of pink flowers and green leaves with a brownish tint. The three sling keepers and spout are present on the canteen and are outlined in gold paint.

The condition of the canteen is excellent. All colors are bright and strong. There is a crackled pattern over the entire canteen which is normal for this type of porcelain. Some of the gold paint is worn on the spout and sling keepers but this is just normal wear. There are no chips, cracks or breaks in the piece.

With the canteen is a GAR Membership badge in good condition. The pin is still present on the back of the eagle and the ribbon is in good shape as is the drop.

Also in the group is a wooden cane. Family history says the cane was carved by Nelson while he was a prisoner of war but we believe it is post-war and carved sometime between 1865 and Nelson’s death in 1886. The wood of the cane has a nice smooth finish.

John M. Nelson enlisted as a Corporal in Company B, 1st West Virginia Infantry at Wellsburg on September 12, 1861 for three years. According to his records Nelson was present for all of the campaigns of his regiment including Winchester, Front Royal, Port Republic, Cedar Mountain and 2nd Bull Run. Nelson was captured on September 11, 1863 at Moorefield, West Virginia. He was paroled at City Point, Virginia on March 15, 1864 and returned to his regiment on May 23rd. Nelson went on to serve in the Valley in mid-1864 and was mustered out on November 26, 1864. Nelson returned to Wellsburg, married and fathered a son in 1876. He worked as an engineer for the Harvey Paper Company where he was killed by a boiler explosion on January 26, 1886.

 

 

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