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U.S. Regulation tin canteen, Model 1858. Flattened spherical, bullseye or corrugated canteen with cylindrical spout and three equidistant small brackets for the carrying strap or sling at the shoulders and bottom. Folded seam around perimeter. Painted black. Old, rectangular paper label adhered to one side is inscribed (in ink) "Harlins(?) Canteen / Carried thru the / Civil War 1862 / 1865 (flourish)" and (in pencil, by a different hand) "Metcalf Albi(on?) N(?)". No other marks.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1860 - 1865
place made
United States
Physical Description
iron (overall material)
tin (overall material)
pewter (spout material)
paint (exterior material)
paper (label material)
ink (label material)
graphite (label material)
overall: 3 1/8 in x 8 3/4 in x 7 1/2 in; 7.9375 cm x 22.225 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Kenneth E. Jewett
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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