- Rare, possibly unique, firkin-shaped
field canteen in original red paint found in a private collection
in Michigan. Original carrying handle and metal bands. There
is a filler hole on top with a removeable drinking/pouring spout
(small cork in spout is new). Circa early-mid 19th century. Purpose
of small hole on opposite side in top is unknown, but possibly
used to relieve pressure if hard cider or corn mash was the owner's
drink of choice. Another small hole is at the bottom on the same
side, purpose also unknown, but may have served a drainage function.
Another explanation might be that a leather carrying strap could
have been attached on that side to eliminate the need to use
the handle when travelling. 10 ¼" tall, 7 ½"
wide at top and 10 1/2" at bottom. (CK-29)
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