Rare 1862 Cantel Patent Civil War Leather Canteen
Rare 1862 Cantel Patent Civil War Leather Canteen – In 1862, Lazare Cantel, a Manhattan leather hat case and trunk maker, patented this metal lined, leather canteen. The canteen measures approximately 9” in height, 7” in width and 1.5” in depth. The canteen, constructed of two brown leather sections, each with foil lined interiors, are joined via fifty-two copper rivets affixed around the outside edges of the joined leather halves. The pewter mouthpiece is flanked by two leather extensions, each having a diagonal, inch long, rectangular slot, surrounded by a brass mount; these brass mounted slits were designed to secure a two-piece, adjustable shoulder strap, which is not with this canteen. The leather of this canteen exhibits a pleasing, deep brown color and is in very good condition; the pewter mouthpiece and original metal capped cork stopper and pull ring are in equally good condition. This is a rare, early war canteen variant.