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    Colorfully Decorated Canteen Belonging to a New York Soldier Accompanied by his Image and Hat Cord. Corporal Israel Chamberlain, Co. D, 40th N. Y. Vol. Infantry, owned this smooth-sided canteen which he skillfully marked on one side with a red diamond on which he painted a dark blue II Corps insignia. In the corp's trefoil is inscribed in white "40/N.Y.V." with his name "Corporal Chamberlain" in black on the border of the red diamond. The painting measures about 2¼" x 2¼". Colors are subdued and have a pleasant look of genuine age. The original stopper remains and is detached from its iron attachment chain. Only the bottom portion of the rare leather strap is in place, showing a split in the leather purportedly made to some canteens at the Philadelphia Depot in 1862 to provide a better grip. The cover is very dirty with some minor seam openings but no moth damage or tears. With the canteen is a very clear 1/6 plate tintype of Chamberlain seated. In the waist-up view he is wearing a forage cap and dress frock with corporals' chevrons plainly visible. A scrap of paper with the period inscription "Corp. I. Chamberlin" is placed between the glass and mat. With the group is an officer's quality hat cord of the "machined" style in black and gold metallic thread as seen in the Schuyler, Hartley & Graham catalogue. Chamberlain joined this unit, known as the "Mozart Regiment" in June, 1861, reenlisted in December, 1863 and was mustered out in June, 1865, three months after his promotion to corporal. A great grouping highlighted by a canteen with exceptional appeal.

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    November, 2008
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