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Nice ca. 1840s-1850s Painted Tin Drum Militia Canteen
NEW ! Here is an Excellent 1850’s Painted Tin Drum Militia Canteen ! These small canteens were quite popular before the Civil War in New England Militia Companies, and often decorated to denote the company identity. This example measures 4.25 inches in diameter, not including the spout, by about 1.5 inches wide. It has one flat side and one convex side, and the tin spout and all three tin sling loops are still present. Though looking a bit blue in my pictures, the body of the canteen is black, with a gold 6-point star on the convex side, and gold letters, “D.G” on the flat side. There is some loss to the gold of the star but it still displays well, as do the letters. The bottom is slightly dented and there is one separation of the seams on the flat side, near the spout, that can be seen in my third picture. The canteen originated in New Hampshire and though there were many Antebellum Militia Companies there, at first I could only find one that had a name to match the letters D.G, the “Deerfield Guards.” However, a little more research revealed the more likely candidates, a unit that initially organized in 1808, was still around in 1838, and likely didn’t muster out until the 1850s. That unit was the “Dublin Grenadiers,” of Dublin, New Hampshire. With an armory in town, very fancy uniforms, and the longevity of the unit, this canteen is much more likely to have been part of their equipment. That plus the fact that the man I bought it from lived just a few miles from Dublin, just about convinced me. Though I can’t positively say that unit used this canteen, it is still a Fine Example of a ca. 1840s-1850’s Painted Tin Drum Canteen for Militia !
Fine Group that Includes a RARE Civil War Tin Cup made by G.I. Mix & Co., a Plated spoon by G.I. Mix & Co., and a RARE Signed Cdv of Garry Ives Mix
Here is a Very Rare Group Consisting of the Most Uncommon Civil War Tin Cup, an Ink Signed Cdv of the Maker, and One of his Patented Spoons ! The cup is a conical pattern, resembling a modern coffee cup, and manufactured by G.I. Mix & Co. Garry Ives Mix worked in Yalesville & Wallingford, Connecticut, from the mid-1840s up until at least 1880, as a tin smith, pewter smith, and maker of plated tin spoons, for which he held several patents. His unique cup has been noted with Maine, New York, and Pennsylvania soldier provenance, and many images of New York NCOs and Officers with Mix Cups on their tables can be seen in the Library of Congress Print & Photograph Division, Civil War collection. However, possibly because his contracts were early war, with state governments, and not federal, the cups have become extremely hard to find.The bowl of the cup is stamped sheet iron, a bit thicker than the usually encountered tin cup, with a teardrop shape handle attached with two soldered rivets. The lip is not rolled but an unfinished edge, just as it was cut. Originally coated with pewter instead of tin, this example shows maybe 50% of that coating still present with a dark gray patina. Sometimes seen with tiny letters stamped on the bottom of, “G.I. Mix & Co.” if they were on this one, the flaking finish and rusting on the bottom have obscured them. About 2.25 inches tall, the top is 4 inches diameter, while the bottom measures just 2.5 inches across. The handle is still tight and overall the cup displays wonderfully. Mr. Mix’s Cdv is a bust shot, with very good contrast and focus. His signature at the bottom is “ G.I. Mix” in dark brown ink, and the reverse shows a ca. 1860s-1870s photographer’s mark of, “Gears Gallery of Art, 303 Chapel Street, New Haven, Ct.”. The spoon is in excellent condition, likely due to having been household table ware, and the mark of “G.I. Mix & Co.” is quite legible on the back of the stem. Mix is listed in Bazelon & McGuinn’s book, Directory of American MilitaryGoods Dealers & Makers 1785-1915, as simply a contractor of mess equipment. Over the years I have seen hundreds of Civil War tin cups, and bought and sold dozens. Yet, I doubt if I’ve ever seen a dozen of the Mix Cups, if that many. I have Never before seen his image, let alone a signed example. A Great Historic Group of a Rare Civil War Tin Cup, Signed Cdv of the Maker, and an example of his Spoons !
$295 plus shipping
Nice US 1858 Smoothside Canteen with Pewter Spout & Partial Strap
Here is a Nice Original US 1858 Smoothside Canteen ! It is the pattern with a pewter spout instead of tin, still nicely intact, and having a small vent hole in it. All the metal wears a nice gray patina with a few areas of surface rusting that would easily clean up, and the usual use dings and dents on both sides. All three soldered sling loops are still present and tight as well. There is a remnant of the original cotton sling strung thru the loops and tied in a knot, and once you see it in hand there is no doubt it is the original sling. Just a Good Example of the 1858 Smoothside Canteen carried by thousands of Union Troops !
Fine Large "Mess Size" Civil War Period Tin Coffee Pot with Bale for Hanging Over a Campfire
Here is the Largest Civil War Period Coffee Pot I’ve Ever Offered ! It is definitely “Mess” size, probably making 8-10 modern cups. Measuring 9.5” tall, it is 8.25” diameter at the base, and 5.5” diameter at the top, and though having a handle, it also has a wire bail for hanging over a campfire. It shows all soldered construction including the seams, handle, spout, and completely flat bottom. All the metal wears a mellow old grayish patina with a minimum of surface rusting. The lid has a turned wooden knob with remnants of black paint, and still goes on and off the pot very well. The only flaw I see at all on the entire pot is a separated seam on the left side of the spout, from the top edge about 1.25” inches down the spout. Though it would not serve well if you wanted to pour coffee, it is hardly noticeable and doesn’t keep this pot from displaying wonderfully. This is Just a Nice Large Civil War Period Coffee Pot that Displays Great !
$120 plus shipping
Fine Civil War Tin Mess or Table Plate - Nine Inches Diameter
Here is the Last Civil War Era Tin Plate of a Set of Four, I got a while back ! They came from an antique shop out west, and I suspect were war-date or just post-war household plates, kept inside and used until replaced with some good china or something similar. It is a typical plate of the period measuring nine inches diameter, thin and light. Made of thin stamped sheet iron with the outer edges rolled under, the plate retains at least 90% of its original tin plating. It shows wear and some plating loss around the edges, with a tiny bit of crackling, but is otherwise in excellent condition. I know I’m repeating myself but, of all the tin items from the Civil War period, canteens, cups, coffee pots, etc., tin plates must have the worst survival rate as they are scarce today. Makes sense when you consider that many of them were used long after the war, or until replaced and then discarded. I’m out of period forks, but it does come with a nice period spoon made by G.I. Mix & Co., who manufactured tin cups during the war. A Fine & Very Uncommon Civil War Tin Plate !
$125 plus shipping
Civil War U.S. Bullseye Canteen with Wonderfully Intact Brown Wool Cover
Here is an Excellent U.S. Bullseye Canteen with Its Original Brown Wool Cover in Very Good Condition ! The cover shows the typical staining, more on one side than the other, hand stitching around the sling loops and spout opening, but is nearly all intact. The cork on the stopper is 98% intact though showing its age, and a tiny bit prone to flaking. All the visible tin, such as the sling loops and that visible just under the spout shows a wonderful old patina that is undoubtedly produced by advanced age. Pewter spout is also in good condition though unmarked as to maker, as many tens of thousands were. The cover is in such good condition that if this canteen had the cotton/linen sling, it would sell in the neighborhood of $400 to $450. It is priced accordingly though, and is going to make a Fine addition to someone’s collection. A Very Nice Civil War Period U.S. Bullseye Canteen with Cover !
Very Nice Relic Condition Civil War Period Food or Ration Can
Here is a Nice Relic Condition Civil War Period Ration or Food Can ! It shows soldered construction, a large hole rusted thru one side, and looks like it was opened at the top with a knife. It still retains a good portion of its integrity though and all the remaining rolled iron is stable. The can is still its full height with the bottom nicely intact as well, showing the dollar size center piece that was sloppily soldered on. It measures about 4.5 inches tall by 3.375 inches diameter. Nothing has been done except to wash it off thoroughly, and a light coat of rust neutralizer would make it ready to display. A Fine Relic Condition Civil War Period Ration Can !
$45 plus shipping
Beautiful Little Personal Size Civil War Period Soldered Tin Coffee Pot
Here is a Beautiful Little Tin Civil War Period Coffee Pot !
I think this one would really have been considered a personal
pot. Just 4.5 inches diameter at the base, and 5.25 inches tall,
it would barely have made two cups when completely full ! The iron shows a wonderful patina with no signs of the tin
plating left. All soldered construction crudely done in places,
and a completely flat bottom are evidence of Civil War
Period manufacture. Some minor surface rusting but I
don’t see any holes. Lid still opens and closes nicely and
retains its small little rolled lift handle. A Super Nice
Small Civil War Coffee Pot !
$85 plus shipping
Excellent Little Civil War Period Soldered Tin Mucket w/Bale
Here is a Wonderful Tiny Little Civil War Period Tin Mucket ! This neat piece of Tinware measures just 2.375 inches tall by about 3.0 inches diameter. The metal shows rusting in several places with some surface roughness, but I don’t see any holes.It has a wire bale for picking up or carrying, a small wire finger ring on top of the lid, and shows all soldered construction including the seams, the bale attachments and the completely flat bottom. I am confident of it being Civil War Period, but unsure of what it was originally intended for. Likely a household item rather than military, it might have contained something like sugar. It would definitely look right at home in any period officer’s mess or table display. A quite uncommon little Civil War Period Tin Mucket that Displays Great !
Nice All Soldered Civil War Period Coffee Pot
Here is a Beautifully Preserved Civil War Period Tin Coffee Pot ! I say tin, but like most “tin” products of the period it is actually thin rolled iron that originally had tin plating. This one still shows a few hints of the tin plating here and there though most is gone. The remaining metal though has a wonderful old grayish patina all over. The pot shows crudely soldered construction throughout including the seams, spout, and handle. The bottom is completely flat. The pot measures approximately 7.5 inches tall by 6.125 inches diameter at the base. There are no holes evident anywhere though there are one or two solder repairs on the base that were likely holes. Just a Great Looking Civil War Period Coffee Pot that Will Look Sharp in any Mess Equipment Collection !
Fine Condition 1860s/Civil War Period Round Soldered Tin Storage Can w/Lid
Here is a Beautiful Civil War Period Tin Storage Can w/Lid ! I’m not positive exactly what this was used to store. Someone said sewing supplies, thread, needles & pins, buttons, while another person said spices. Actually I think it may have been a general purpose tin that you could store whatever you wished in. I can easily picture it sitting on the counter inside a Sutlers’ Tent. It could have held candy, beef jerky, stick matches, twine, tobacco, or repair parts such as screws, nails, etc. It is definitely of the 1860s period; with crude all soldered construction of its hand cut parts, a completely flat bottom, and a beautiful old patina all around. The tin measures approximately 8.75 inches diameter by about 2.5 inches tall to the top of the lid, which still opens and closes fairly easily. I think it would look really neat half full of dug bullets or buttons, with the lid partly off! A Very Well Preserved Civil War Period Storage Tin !
Fine Civil War Period Rolled Iron or Tin Coffee Pot with Nice Smooth Brown Patina
Here is a Fine Medium to Large Civil War Period Coffee Pot ! This one measures about nine inches tall, not counting the turned wood knob, 6.75 inches diameter at the base, and 4.25 inches diameter at the top. It shows all soldered construction including the inside of the flat bottom, the spout and the handle. The lid still opens freely with the wood knob and I don’t see any apparent holes. All the rolled iron [tin] has a wonderful smooth brown old patina, with a few small areas of surface rust and dark stain that might clean up a bit better if desired. A Nice Civil War Period Coffee Pot that Will Display Wonderfully !
Fine Soldered Civil War Period Tin Cup
Here is a Fine Non-Dug Civil War Period Tin Cup ! I have a cup in my own collection nearly identical to this one and it is displayed with a tin plate, fork, spoon, mustard jar, and ginger beer bottle in a little mess display at the end of my hallway. This one measures 4” diameter by 3.125” tall and shows all soldered construction, a completely flat bottom, and a crudely applied handle that is off center. It has acquired a nice old rusty relic look that is nice as is, but could be cleaned up some if desired. There is a period image in the Library of Congress that shows soldiers of the 71st New York Infantry, dipping stew out of a large iron kettle with a cup that appears identical in size to this one. A Very Fine Civil War Period Tin Cup that will look Great in Any Mess Display !