EXCELLENT NEW YORK DEPOT CANTEEN WITH RACK MARKINGS

$695.00 ON HOLD

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Item Code: 480-203

This canteen uses a short chain to retain the stopper, a trademark of canteens passing through the New York Depot, supplied by different makers answering advertisements for contracts, inspected there and sent on for issue. This is in excellent condition, with a full, brownish gray wool cover with a few stains and pinhole moth nips, but with good color, no large holes and tight seams. The strap is likewise excellent, solid, and full length. One side of the canteen still shows traces of a painted company letter and soldier’s individual number within the company, markings that were to be applied to issue equipment according to regulations, but seldom survive. It is a nice indicator that this canteen, despite its great condition, was actually issued, as is the knotted sling, which was the only way for a soldier to adjust it without cutting it or adding a buckle or button, something not looked upon favorably by company first sergeants.

This would make an excellent addition to a display of soldiers’ field gear, along with a haversack and mess gear, and is nice enough to dress up a collection specifically devoted to canteens.  [sr] [ph:L]

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