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    Rare Gardner Patent Filter Canteen Identified to Massachusetts Officer. An unusual variation of the Gardner Patent canteen and mess implements kit, this example was made by the Mass. Powder Works, a listed army supplier. The japanned tin device is equipped with the normal dual spouts designed for filling and drinking plus a special compartment for storing the filter mouthpiece as well as hardtack, mess gear and other useful items. The sling is of yellow ribbed worsted and the canteen features a body pad constructed by the soldier from a section of U.S. Army blanket. At least half the original finish remains. Nicely stenciled on the inside of the mess gear compartment is "Lieut. E. P. CUTTER/Co. A. 8th Mass. Vol. M." Cutter joined the 8th in September, 1862, mustered out in August, 1863 and went on to serve in other Massachusetts units. A very rare and inventive canteen with great personal touches by the soldier who actually used it.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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