Old South Military Antiques

Confederate Canteen with a Great Cover and Strap
Item #: OS-7199



During the course of the War millions of canteens were manufactured in the South. Every man in the Southern Army carried a canteen and most would go through several by War’s end. To supply this need, canteens were manufactured at Confederate government facilities, but the government facilities could supply only a small fraction of the canteens required to equip the army. In order to meet the pressing need for canteens the Confederate government purchased the vast majority of canteens from private manufacturing concerns. Tin-smithing was a skilled craft in the antebellum period; cup, plates, buckets, pans, light fixtures, wash basins and myriad other essentials were made by the tinsmith. Any village larger than a tavern had a tinsmith and every town had numerous skilled tinsmiths.

When the War was forced upon the South tinsmiths near and far, whether from a motive of profit or patriotism they turned their skilled hands to war. And every hand was needed as every soldier needed a tin plate and cup, a scabbard, either of leather or tin and a canteen of wood or tin. Note the lapped seem spout, indicating that canteen was made by one of these tradesmen, who likely aquired the coarse homespun cloth and ticking strap locally. The canteen measures approximately six by two inches. The sling is strong everywhere except under one of the sling loops. Because of this it would not be suitable to actually display hanging on a mannequin.

Canteens which retain their original covers and carrying straps are highly sought after by collectors and one of this quality is more valuable than the canteen itself.

Price $2,100.00 USD