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Civil War Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Folk Art Paint Decoration

Circa 1876: This Civil War canteen belonged to Charles H. Davis, who served in Company G. of the 12th Massachusetts Volunteers. Obviously, Mr. Davis had his battle canteen painted for GAR reunion encampments, and we believe that this canteen was made for the centennial encampment because of the red, white, and blue American flag and shield and the additions of the words "Union" and "In God We Trust." This five color painted canteen would have made quite an impression on its viewers and would have showcased Mr. Davis's love of God and country, values which have become woven into the American fabric. The canteen is in superb condition for its age, with just one tiny portion of the outside lip of the canteen missing and nearly all of its 1870s paint decoration intact. This one of a kind paint decorated Civil War canteen stands as one the most unusual and beautiful example of 19th century patriotic Americana we have owned, and we are sure this piece will please even the most advanced collector or museum curator.

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

For Sale: $7,250

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