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  • The National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg PA
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Large Civil War Mess Tin (iron boiler)

$65.00

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This is another nice item being offered which was part of a large Civil War collection I recently acquired. It is a Civil War Mess Tin or iron boiler with a flat bottom. It is hand soldered at the seams, with all the design, construction and features that knowledgeable collectors look for in Civil War period tin ware.

This example is approximately 7 ½” high, without the removeable lid and has a diameter of 7”. It has an iron bail handle with wood; the tin lid has a flat tin handle. All in excellent condition with a rich age patina indicative of the period. Untouched and as found with no condition issues. There are similar examples in the Gettysburg Museum and the Civil War National Museum in Harrisburg (see pictures).

In 1988 the steamboat Great White Arabia, which sank in 1856 a few miles west of Kansas City was discovered. The discovery yielded an incredible collection of well-preserved, pre-Civil War artifacts, including tinware very similar to this piece (see pictures).

A basic necessity for the Civil War soldier and was frequently referred to in the period as a meat tin for its utility use to carry meat and cooked foods while on the march or in camp. As expected, there is some minor denting from use. They came in several different sizes, this one being one of the larger ones.

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