UNUSUAL, IDENTIFIED CIVIL WAR LEATHER FOLDING DRINKING CUP

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Item Code: 258-54

This artifact is an unusual Civil War drinking cup produced in France and constructed from a single circular piece of black bridle leather. Piece was cut and shaped into a cup device that folded in on itself to resemble a vessel or 'canoe'. The folded cup measures 6" long x 2" high and when unfolded, the device opens up to form a wide shallow container that would hold a liquid. Inner surface of the cup wears a clear sealant of some kind that made it waterproof. Cup is accompanied by a small, old typewritten tag that reads "DRINKING CUP carried in the Civil War / given by / Ella H. L. Williams". No research performed on the name as yet. Exterior surface of the leather cup bears two large postage-like stamps glued to the surface. One stamp is numbered "1" while its mate is numbered "4".

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