CONFEDERATE WOOD BULLSEYE CANTEEN!

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Item Code: 2021-820

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While more likely a decorative touch, you can’t help feeling the maker of this Confederate wood canteen was having a laugh at the corrugated U.S. tinned iron canteens. It is made like the standard CS wood canteens, most often called Gardner pattern, but literally turned out by coopers and woodworkers all over the south. In this case the maker used the standard staves secured to the circular front and back panels with thin iron bands, but added the extraordinary touch of turning each side with concentric rings. With tin canteens corrugated sides add strength. Here they are a bit of showmanship meant to dress up a mundane, but essential piece of soldier’s gear.

The canteen measures about 7 ¼ inches in diameter and 2 3/8 inches in width. The three brackets for the shoulder strap are present, but one has a break in the middle. The edge of one side has a narrow hairline crack about 1-inch long that is not very noticeable and is stable. The spout, as is frequently the case, is missing and the stave drilled out for it has short open cracks on either side running to the edge, but is held in place by the bands.

This would make a great addition to canteen display, especially one showing the variety of Confederate canteens carried into service by the local militia and volunteer companies early in the war who still had an eye to showing off a little better than their neighbors.  [sr] [ph:L]

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