CLASSIC CONFEDERATE WOOD DRUM CANTEEN, INSCRIBED, WITH SLING

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Item Code: 1179-622

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This is a great example of the classic Civil War Confederate wood drum canteen. These used simple lathe-turned front and back faces with staves curved to fit round them and grooved to hold them in place, all secured by two narrow, rivetted iron hoops. The hoops are in turn kept in place by three cross bands 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. It's an ingenious construction, with all parts acting with and against each other to keep the thing together. Often referred to the Gardner pattern, this was a simple design well within the abilities not only of coopers, but other woodworkers, who produced them throughout the south- so much so that even at the time they were regarded as quintessentially Confederate, becoming valued trophies and war relics.

The faces on this one show some nice finish and a medium brown color, along with some dark stains, rubs and scratches, more on one than the other. There seems to be a faint inscription mixed in with the handling scratches, but despite out best efforts, varied lighting conditions, viewing angles, camera settings and colorful language, we have not been able to decipher it. Nevertheless, the wood faces do have good color and show turning marks from the lathe near the outer edge. The seams are good. The staves are good, though showing some dirt, rust from the iron bands and brackets, which have a crusty brown surface. They also show some rubbing from the leather shoulder strap. This is a narrow strap, fitting the brackets well, with a simple iron tongue buckle sewn on one end. The leather is flexible, though not supple, and has a black surface oxidizing somewhat toward brown. There are some reddish exposed spots and some crazing from wear and flexing, The strap is old, but solid, and looks like it has been on the canteen forever, but these were replaced during the war and afterward, not only by collectors but for use around the farm, display in the home, in a G.A.R. hall, etc. In any case, this is a great example of classic piece of Confederate field gear that shows off very well and merits a prominent place in a Confederate display, Civil War display, or even a specialized collection of canteens.    [sr][ph:L]

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