A small printed paper roll-up souvenir listing Civil War battles in a small tin tube.
This small tin/paper souvenir roll-up booklet, entitled “The Battles of the Late Civil War,” was given out by David Allen, Proprietor of the Hotel Allen.
Unfortunately, I don’t know were this hotel was, but no doubt at one of the locations chosen for G.A.R. encampments.
The tin tube is lithographed, and marked, “SOUVENIR,” and is the housing for the paper roll-up list of battles fought in the Civil War.
The paper pulls out of the tin approximately 10+ inches and is nearly that wide. There are illustrations of both Generals Grant and Sherman.
All the major battles are recorded here with their dates (y/m/days).
There are a few small repairs to the paper someone having used tape on the end near to the wood roller to fortify it from tearing. A little paper chipping on the end were it pulls out; there must have been a small ring attached to light blue silk to facilitate extraction. Some chipping has occurred on the litho tin surface of the tub.
I don’t see a maker’s name, but on one end of the tube is stamped, “Pat.Aug. 5, 1890.”
Probably a scarce item due to the frail nature of the material used.