CONFEDERATE WOOD DRUM CANTEEN

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Item Code: 490-4172

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This is the classic Civil War Confederate wood canteen made with simple lathe-turned front and back faces under curved and grooved staves secured with narrow iron hoops that are in turn kept in place by three cross bands that are turned up at the ends and raised in the middle to keep the hoops in position, and also to act as brackets for a shoulder strap. Often referred to generically as the Gardner pattern, they had a simple design that was well within the abilities of coopers and other woodworkers, and were produced throughout the south- so much so that even at the time were regarded as the quintessential Confederate canteen, becoming valued trophies and war relics.

The canteen was obviously made with some care, perhaps indicating early-war manufacture, when speed of production was not seen as paramount- not only are the brackets carefully bent, but the ends of the iron bands forming the hoops are beveled just beyond the small rivet used to join them. This one was obviously carried. It shows some light wear with small chipping around the opening for the spout (which is missing,) and some light rubbing and dings on the faces, edges of the staves, and hoops from being carried against the soldier’s body. One of the hoops shows just a tad of crustiness from exposure. At the same time, it was well cared for and retains a nice surface with a mostly lustrous deep brown color. One side has rectangular somewhat lighter color spot that probably indicates it once had a paper label for display in a G.A.R. hall or a note from the veteran who brought it home. That history has been lost, but this is a great example of classic piece of Confederate field gear that merits a prominent place in a display.  [sr] [ph:m]

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