British army canteen, ca. 1888

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British army canteen, ca. 1888

This record was added to Maine Memory Network through the efforts of a student at Biddeford High School.


Wooden barrell-style canteen with a leather carrying strap and metal and wood stopper tied with cotton string. The library's original records for this item stated it was a Civil War canteen "probably used by a Confederate soldier", but upon research it was found to be a British canteen used about 25 years later.

Top and bottom metal hoops hold it together. The shoulder strap is about 40 cm long, and has the name "A. Ross and Co., O & M - 1888" stamped into one end, and a number "17" stamped into the opposite side.

The initials "WD" with an arrow, the symbol for British army-issue gear, is carved on top rim of the canteen, in 2 mm high letters.

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About This Item

  • Title: British army canteen, ca. 1888
  • Creator: A. Ross and Co.
  • Creation Date: circa 1888
  • Subject Date: circa 1888
  • Media: Metal, wood, cotton, leather
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 12 cm x 7 cm
  • Local Code: 2006.31
  • Collection: Special Collections
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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McArthur Public Library
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(207) 284-4181

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