ca. 1872 CANTEEN W/ CHAMBERS SLING:
A survivor of the early Indian Wars, this original
smooth side Civil War issue canteen features two of the
known modifications that were executed by the Ordnance
Department starting in the early 1870ís.
sling keeper was removed and an early style Chambers web
sling with a brass adjustment buckle was sewn to the
wool cover at the upper sling keepers, replacing the
Civil War linen sling. The Civil War period iron cork
chain that attached to one of the upper sling keeper has
been replaced with a brass ring formed around the neck
of the canteen spout and a brass chain to retain the
The brown wool cover of this canteen
shows wear as would be expected of these early canteens,
showing a few spots where the cover has worn away,
however it still retains its overall coverage of the
canteen. The sling is in very good condition with no
fraying or breaks.
These early Indian War canteens did
not survive in any great numbers, having been exposed to
hard use in the field. While Civil War and later Indian
War canteens are fairly common in most collections,
these canteens from the early 1870ís are seldom found.