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    Iowa-Used Late War Smooth-Sided Canteen. This New York Depot canteen retains its stopper with iron chain, complete brown-gray wool covering and full cotton strap. Nicely marked on the strap in blue ink is "F. C. H." and "CO. H. 24th Iowa INFT." The initials "FH" are also marked lightly on the spout. The canteen was carried by 18-year-old Private Franklin C. Hunter during his enlistment in that unit from January, 1864 to July, 1865 as it served with the Army of the Shenandoah. The spout also has the makers imprint "J. C. Johnson & Co/ FEB. 5. 65" stamped vertically on it, indicating it was part of the depot's final wartime contract with Johnson for 100,000 canteens. As most of these went unissued, it is particularly rare to find one that actually saw service in the war. Condition is sound and very good with a "push" on one side and a couple worn spots in the cover. Historic and from a hard to obtain Western state.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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