Lot 428: Civil War US-issue Signal Corps copper fuel canteen, measuring approximately 9.5? in diameter and 3? thick, attached to its original leather sling. The body has a heavy reinforced seam and a 3? copper spout with screw-on cap, attached to the body with an iron chain. The strap retains its black japanned roller buckle for adjustment. Although classified as a 'canteen,' these were issued to store and carry fuel for Signal Corps lanterns and made of copper to reduce the risk of igniting the fuel. Various dings and dents from use, some scattered tarnishing, and flaking to the sling, otherwise fine condition. Rarely seen with the original sling.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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