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    Identified Water Filter in Tin Case. A popular item with the rank and file, particularly at the start of the Civil War, filtration devices like this one claimed to protect the soldier from impure water found in streams and ponds while on active service. The oval tin container measures just over 2" x 3" with a portion of the patent date of the manufacturer of the case visible just under the closure. Inside is coiled a water filtration device consisting of a mouthpiece and short tubular filter end, both of pewter, connected by a rubber hose. A letter "H" is carved into the filter and lightly scratched into the cover is "E. W. Bennett [ ] / Reg R I V Co H / Blacks[ ]." Pvt. Eliphalet Bennet served in Co. H, 4th Rhode Island Vol. Infantry from September 1861 to October 15, 1864. The unit saw extensive action, fighting most of the conflict as part of the IX and XVIII Corps. A nice personal soldier's item.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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