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Civil War era Pat. 1857 screw cap - DRUM CANTEEN



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The canteen was likely the most varied personal utility of the common Civil War troop with the exception of headgear style and this offering is a prime example of one of the more rarely encountered canteen variations. Frequently overlooked by collectors as post-Civil War in that it features the then relatively new application of a screw on cap. (see: Sylvia & O’Donnell Civil War Canteens 2nd Vol. p. 72)
Featuring an unmarked early production Pat. Oct. 27,1857 tin screw cap and measuring 4 ½ inches in diameter X 2 ½ inches thick, this little private purchase canteen offers all the construction features of the period and is remarkably similar, to include the screw cap, to an identified Confederate example that we passed along some time back. (see illustration)
Note: Of interest to the general ’antiquer’ will be that the Oct. 27, 1857 cap was issued to the Consolidated Fruit Jar Co. with the patented screw on design ultimately utilized on the Pat. 1858 Mason Fruit Jar. Consolidated utilized their patent in the manufacture of tinned sheet iron screw on caps marketing them to tinsmiths who used the caps in the making of all manner of tinned sheet iron liquid containers. Dating of their caps is aided by their markings with early examples being unmarked or marked with the 1857 patent date as pictured in our reference and later examples being marked with the 1857 date and the 1878 extension.
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