CONFEDERATE TIN DRUM CANTEEN WITH IMPROVISED RIFLE SLING FOR STRAP

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Item Code: 2024-692

This is a classic Confederate tin drum canteen made from tinned iron sheeting. The two sides are flat and have crimped edges for a more secure solder joint to the band forming the rim. A simple, slightly flaring spout was then soldered in place, as were three thin brackets for the shoulder sling. Slings break, of course, and in this case a carrying strap was improvised from a linen rifle sling, itself a scarce item. This is missing its loop on one end, perhaps making it liable for use on something other than a rifle, but the doubled wire hook on the other end was in place and did the trick by simply piercing the folded cloth on the other end of the sling.

The surface of the tinned iron shows typical oxidation to gray, but has no rust, dents or hole. The solder shows as a silver gray against it. The strap shows some edge wear, stains, and stitching holes where the loop used to be, but is solid and a nice bit of improvisation to keep the canteen serviceable. The stopper is missing, but was likely secured just by a string to one of the strap bracket.  [sr][ph:m]

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