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MODEL 1858 CIVIL WAR CANTEEN – COMPLETE SCARCE DARK BLUE COLORED WOOL COVERING WITH “US INSPECTOR” INK STAMPED ORIGINAL SLING – EXCELLENT SPECIMEN:  This Civil War issue Model 1858 Canteen features the smooth sided design and appears to be unissued.  

The scarce dark blue wool cover is fully intact with one small wear hole, all seams are intact, the weave of the material still has much of the nap, and the color is still vibrant with no fading.    

The body is full form with no dents, nor any deformities or holes.  The spout is solid, still fully intact where it is mounted on the body of the canteen, and is not at all loose – and, it still retains the original cork stopper in the throat.  All three sling keepers are intact. The canteen body is solid with no open seams or weak points due to rust.  

The original cotton linen sling is full length, and shows no wear and only minor soiling.  Most importantly, the sling still retains the inked “US” partially legible, and just above this “US” stamp is a very faint trace of the typical reddish colored ink stamp which named the inspector.  These stamps were lightly struck to begin with, and that they were applied to the coarsely woven fabric of the sling, they are often very faint and almost impossible to read.  Being familiar with these stamps, and knowing where to look, I can make out the line of printing in the reddish ink, but none of the characters are legible.   The stitching which joins the ends of the sling together still has the loose thread ends present, indicating this canteen was probably never issued and carried.  No doubt this sling is original to the canteen.   

This is an excellent example of a Civil War Canteen with the very desirable dark blue wool cover which has survived in very respectable condition.  You’d be hard pressed to upgrade this one.  (0906)  $650

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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