Original U.S. Civil War Federal Model 1858 Bullseye 8 Ring Canteen by J. Hall Rohrmann Philad. - c. 1863

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is 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-plated steel, formed in an oblate spheroid pattern and soldered together at the rim.

This early production canteen exhibits eight reinforcing rings extruded on each side. Unfortunately the cover and sling are missing, having rotted away long ago. However the body is still in good condition, with lots of patina. The canteen canteen still retains its cork stopper and iron pull ring. The pewter spout is somewhat deformed and dented, and is maker marked with a stamped (but hard to read) J. HALL ROHRMAN PHILAD. The bullseye-pattern with its series of concentric rings began in 1861 as an effort to increase the durability of canteen equipment. 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. This example, with the full maker name, was produced most likely in 1863, or possibly early 1864.

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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