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    Very Rare and Important Bartholomae Canteen and Mess Set. u /u
    This is an excellent example of the very rare Bartholomae filtration canteen and the accompanying mess set identified to a member of the famed 7th NY, belonging to A.O. Shaw, 7th New York. Patented by Charles Bartholomae on July 9th, 1861, the canteen is quite rare by itself, but this may be the only surviving example of the complete Bartholomae mess set and canteen in existence. The mess kit was made to attach to the shoulder straps of the 1861 patent filter canteen. It's five-pocket glazed leather pouch was designed to hold a soldier's mess essentials. Contained here in these pockets are a folding wooden handle, three-tined fork, spoon and matching table knife (blade marked "J. Russell & Co / Green River Works") as well as two small oval canisters for carrying various condiments, candles, etc. Considering all the necessities carried and the constant use of the kit, there is some obvious wear, but this Mess set is very sound and only missing the three small buttons that close the flap and the two loops on the reverse that attach it to the canteen strap and only some minor scuff marks and tiny splits in the leather.

    The patent Filter Canteen is in extraordinary condition. One of the more popular Civil War filtration canteens, this difficult to find Bartholomae patent specimen retains its full leather strap with roller buckle and complete brown wool cover. The wide cork stopper and compartment caps and chains are also in place. Clearly affixed to the distinctive "funnel" opening is a small brass plaque with raised letters "PATENTED/ JULY 9th 1861." This excellent example is missing only the filtration tube that was stored in the middle compartment and shows. The government purchased only 1000 of them for distribution among the troops so it is almost impossible to find this intriguing rarity so complete and in such fine condition.
    This set was originally in the James Stamatelous Collection and is pictured on pages 209 and 225 of the Time Life publication Arms and Equipment of the Union.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2019
    9th Sunday
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