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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. The most widely used Confederate canteen was made of wood because any cooperage could easily convert to the manufacture of wooden canteens as they required exactly the same skills as barrel making.
The factory spouts were held in place by wooden threads, and since the canteens are only a quarter inch thick, this allowed for only a thread and a half of a sliver thin thread to retain them. Consequently the spouts fell out shortly after issue, and with the spout went the stopper. Quite a few straps survived relative to the survival rate of the spouts and stoppers, but relative to wooden canteens in general, very few straps survived. Over many years I have owned nearly one hundred Confederate canteens, but less than five (I can only recall two, but I want to be on the conservative side) wooden canteens were complete as issued with spout, stopper and strap.
The canteen shown here retains its original wooden spout and stopper and its Confederate manufactured linen strap. All three cross bands are firmly in place. The spout and stopper are tight; the infantry length strap is strong enough to mount on a mannequin. In short, the canteen is flawless!
The wire on the back of the canteen is the hallmark of the Michael D. Kramer Confederate Infantry Collection so I have left it in place.
The canteen is a very good value at $4,500.00.