Original U.S. Civil War Federal Model 1858 Bullseye 7 Ring Canteen by Hadden Porter & Booth with Sling
Original Item: Only One Available. A genuine, maker-marked, Civil War example of the Model 1858 ‘Bullseye’ pattern tin canteen in very good condition. Often referred to as a Philadelphia Depot-style ‘corrugated’ canteen, these were issued to Union troops in the field until the war’s end. Canteen consists of two circular sections of pressed-tin, formed in an oblate spheroid pattern and soldered together at the rim.
This mid war production canteen exhibits seven reinforcing rings extruded on each side. Canteen retains its a period original "Confederate" style cotton, carry sling secured through the three iron loops. The sling is non-adjustable, and is correct for the period, and is stitched together. Sling is worn and dirty, but does not have any tears or major damage. This style carry strap, is closer to a heavy ribbon than anything else.
Canteen still retains its cork stopper and iron pull ring. Pewter spout is is still correctly shaped and is maker marked with a stamped (but somewhat hard to read) HADDEN, PORTER & BOOTH maker mark. The bullseye-pattern with its series of concentric rings began in 1861 as an effort to increase the durability of canteen equipment, and originally had 8 rings, later changed to 7. Fluid capacity of the canteen was three pints and its liquid contents were kept cool by means of the damp or wet cover.
Contracts immediately following 1863 called for the full name of the contractor to be placed upon the canteen. To take marking one step further, beginning 8 May 1864 the QMD began requiring the full name of the contractor, along with the contract date, to be placed on all items of clothing and equipage received. Canteens were no exception, as the numerous dated, late War examples found today will attest. The collector should remember that if a date exists and is unreadable, the canteen dates from either 1864 or 1865.
For the collector seeking a fine original early Civil War artifact, this canteen would make an ideal addition to any grouping.
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