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ca. 1840 US ARMY WOODEN CANTEEN – REGULATION PATTERN:  A rare surviving specimen of the early US Army Wooden Canteen, this is a particularly nice example.  While the majority of the wooden canteens period that survive from this early period are those carried by militia troops, canteens such as this one that bear the brick red “US” on the front as were carried by the regular army infantry and dragoons are quite scarce.  The canteen retains virtually all of its dark blue-green base paint, with the 2” high “U.S.” characters applied in brick red.  At one time it was apparently issued to a Massachusetts soldier as the over painted “M” can be seen beneath the “U”.  The canteen measures 7” in diameter and 2 5/8” wide.  The front, back and single piece side are all intact with no cracks or splits.  The front and back are attached to the side piece with iron tacks and all the tacks are present and the joints are all solid and tight.  All three leather sling guides are present.  On the reverse, there are two sets of initials, “EA” and “ELC”.  This canteen was purchased from a family estate and the patriarch of the family, then 93 years old, identified “ELC” as Edwin Loring Child, an antecedent and provided that this canteen had belonged to Child.   These early regular army canteens just don’t show up on the market and finding one in this condition and identified to boot is indeed a treasure of note.   SOLD



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