Civil War – Cantel Patent Leather Canteen


A scarce canteen patented in 1862 made of pressed sole leather with tin foil lining.

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This leather canteen produced during the Civil War, was patented by Lazare Cantel of New York City, on October 14, 1862.  The canteen was constructed of to sections of “sole leather” with a tin foil lining and copper riveted around the circumference.  There are two brass plates mounted over sling slots.  The stopper is present, but lacking the chain that hooks into the small brass loop affixed through the leather panels near the neck.

This particular canteen is probably one of the earlier types, lacking the stamped company/patent marking, and the reinforced brass banding around the lower neck of the canteen to prevent the losing of spout.

Leather is fine with some typical wear, but overall a fine example.  Most of the canteens observed seem to be used by New York and New England units.

Height of canteen (leather only) is 8 inches, with a 7 inch width approximately.   The slings used with these canteen were made of leather, with attached buckle.

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Weight 2 lbs