DOUBLE SPOUT CANTEEN & RATION CAN ISSUED TO 1ST CONNECTICUT INFANTRY

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Item Code: 217-210

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This type of non-regulation canteen/ration can is known to have been issued to members of the 1st Connecticut Infantry which served for three months and took part in the 1st Battle of Bull Run.

The canteen meas. approx. 8.00 inches across x 3.00 inches wide. The upper half is for holding two types of liquid. This is evidenced by the two brass spouts approx. 6.50 inches apart on the top. One of the bras spouts still retains the brass cap with cork insert. The top of this cap has a light stamping that reads “PATENT APRIL 22, 1861.” The other cap is missing.

One side of the canteen has a large brass hook and eye attachment. By releasing the hook the top half of the canteen can be lifted to expose a hollow lower compartment for carrying rations. The side of the canteen opposite the hook has two hinges which allows the top section to pivot. One of these hinges is broken. The canteen also has all four sling keepers.

The surfaces of the item have some very light pitting scattered throughout but no holes can be detected. The item is in good solid condition.

Scratched on the surface of the canteen is “JAMES B. M????Y” with another line below it that is unreadable. A search of the 1st Connecticut Infantry roster revealed a James B. McReady who served in Company C. This is the closest match to the lettering that is visible.

With or without the ID this is a rare item in good condition.

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