This non-excavated Confederate tin drum canteen is in very good condition and has a very pleasing grey-brown patina. The large 3/4 inch tall letters "PJL", likely representing a soldier's initials, are etched into one side with cross-hatching often found in letters carved during the period. There is additional writing on that same side as well as the other side of the canteen that will take further analysis to decipher. Other than a small dent on one edge, the canteen has no holes, cracks, other damage, or repairs. Only one of the three strap holders is still present. The spout is present and in good condition. Similar style canteens can be found on page 53 in "Civil War Canteens" by Stephen W. Sylvia and Michael J. O'Donnell and an image of that page has been included in the additional images. The canteen measures approximately 6 inches in diameter, 2-1/2 inches in width and its spout is 1 inch in diameter at its opening. This Confederate tin drum canteen is in solid condition and will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War canteen, campsite, or general relic collection.
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