Rare filter for federal canteens patented in 1861 with original cork.
Rare Mellen’s Patent Filter For Civil War Canteen. This filter was made of what appears to be a Britannia, or pewter material, is 2 7/8 inches high ( from cap finial to the base of filter tube at bottom of cork). The caps were marked “Mellens Pat/ Oct. 8, 1861,” but not all is visible on this cap (see photo).
This filter is featured in U.S. Army & Militia Canteens 1775- 1910, by Mike O’Donnell, page 213. One big different is this filter has decorative chasing on the spout and lid. This may be an early model used for marketing, dropping the chasing for military sales?
Complete with original chain for cap to spout.
Most Civil War soldiers were issued canteens without filters, and many soldiers got sick and or died from bad water during the war.
A photocopied patent drawing included with filter.
Very good condition for a rare Civil War item.
|Dimensions||5 × 2 × 2 in|