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    Simply The Ultimate Civil War Canteen Available

    Ultra Rare Embossed "CS" Confederate Tin Drum Canteen With Linen Shoulder Strap, 6.75" diameter x 1.75" wide, 48" strap, ca.1861. Both faces of this fine canteen sport a raised central disc flanked by a "C" and an "S". As such, it is the only style of Confederate canteen thus marked by the manufacturer, believed to be made in New Orleans in 1861.This well made item is of three-piece soldered tin construction with an applied spout and three brackets for securing the strap. It is fitted with an original heavy linen strap sewn into position. One face has three small dents and there is another along its side. Otherwise, the canteen is as made. The surfaces are generally clean with only the lightest rusting on some of the high points. The strap, though stable, is worn with moderate fraying throughout and splits at its center.

    A crushed specimen of this canteen type was found on the Manassas battlefield some years ago. For another example of the "CS" tin drum canteen see page 210 in Time-Life's Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy. The editors of that excellent reference suggest that these canteens were made in New Orleans for Louisiana troops. This is the absolute finest example known to exist. It is 1 of only 4 known and is one of the great rarities of Civil War collecting.

    Provenance: The Tharpe Collection of American Military History

    Exhibited: The Liberty Heritage Society Museum

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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