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Revolutionary War / War of 1812 Wood Drum Canteen


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This is a very nice piece I recently acquired; it is a Wood Drum canteen from the mid-1700s through the early 1800s. This is the pattern that was made from the Revolutionary War through the War of 1812. This canteen is larger than the personal canteens, measuring 10 inches across and 7” wide. There is a thick raised bung stave, having an old corn cob nub as a stopper. It is held together by two iron hoops. Carved into one side are the initials “J C”.

Wood canteens are known for their wood shrinkage, especially when over 200 years old. There are some small wooden shims under the iron bands to compensate for the shrinkage, so there is no movement. Overall, it is a solid canteen and has a really great look to it, especially with the initials. The size of this canteen would probably be used on a wagon/ambulance, a surgeon’s tent, or in a camp.

In my book “The Civil War Canteen – Third Edition”, I have similar canteens shown (see pictures). There are also similar canteens from museums (see pictures). Even though considered an obsolete canteen at the start of the Civil War, southern soldiers were known to have used these early in the war.

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