Confederate Accoutrements - Inventory Number: CON 143
Leather Haversack and Tin Drum Canteen
Haversacks were popular purchases from military goods dealers in the north, for their southern counterparts, the selection were not as plentiful. This resulted in many local and handmade examples which varied greatly in material, construction and size.
Haversacks like the issue patterns for enlisted men were usually intended for stuffs, tobacco, and the like. Officers, however, were also expected to carry much of their office with them on campaign: paperwork for morning reports, requisitions, muster rolls, etc. as well as personal belongings.
This handsome, durable example was constructed of leather in a three-piece construction. The center section is thicker lending to its sturdy construction, while the back panel and interior are a more supple finished leather. The pair of 9" straps (complete) are constructed of the same heavier leather as the support panel. The original leather sling with iron adjustment buckle is complete and supple. It is affixed via a pair of circular iron rings. These rings are attached to the body via a pair of leather straps and secured via copper rivets. Very sound condition with some scattered insect damage to the body, overall a wonderful original example of a scarce Confederate accoutrement. Measures 11" wide x 9" tall x 3".
Confederate militia style drum canteen. The canteen is 6 1/2" in diameter by 2 1/2". All parts are nicely soldered together. Both sides are concave. There is a 1" tall tin spout soldered top and two sling straps are attached to the shoulders of the body with "D" rings. The canteen retains a veteran's era cord with tassels for hanging. From the collection of Ron Tunison.
Inventory Number: CON 143