Original U.S. Civil War Model 1858 Smooth Side Canteen

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Here is a very nice Civil War era specimen of the Model 1858 "Smooth Side" or "Flat Back" pattern tin canteen offered in good condition. Originally canteens had "ribbed" sides in a bullseye pattern, but to expedite production, this feature was removed.

The model 1858 canteen was the most popular canteen of the Civil War period. Canteen measures approximately 7 3/4” in diameter. It is covered in brown wool with flecks of color in the weave. Often scraps were used in the weave to reduce costs. The cover is complete and in good condition, with the usual stains, though the side stitching has let go on the bottom of the canteen and on one side as shown. All three sling loops and the spout are present, but the spout has some damage, and no markings can be seen. Later in the war markings were required, so this is probably an earlier production canteen. There is an old cork in the spout, but we do not know if this is original.

A great chance to own a solid example of an iconic canteen.

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