C1820’S CHEESEBOX STYLE CANTEEN

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Item Code: 1032-69

This example measures 7 inches by 2 5/8 inches.  Consistent with this style, it was not made with a spout but would have a cork or solid wood stopper.  Cheesebox canteens were common military accoutrements between 1800-1830.  According to Sylvia and O’Donnell’s “Civil War Canteens,” government regulations during the War of 1812 era specified that they be painted with the letters “U.S.”  During this era and later, state militias commonly used this style of canteen.

Looking at the surface with the white painted star, sling loops were located at the 2 o’clock, 7 o’clock and 11 o’clock positions along the wooden rim.  The sling loop locations are indicated by the nails and 1 inch sections bare of paint, a 1 and 1/2 inch leather strip section remains at the 2 o’clock position as a sling loop.  Consistent with cheesebox canteen construction, the wooden rim is tightly wrapped over itself, with tiny nails securing it to the wooden sides.  The surfaces and band appear to have been painted dark green.  The entire circumference of both surfaces is painted with a 1/4 inch red band.  At the center of one surface is a white painted star, measuring 2 inches across.  Centered on the opposite surface is carved “F. Burr.”  [JC]

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