USTATES Wooden Canteen
- A 1:1 scale reproduction of the original "USTATES" canteen found in the Museum Collection.
- Size: 7" diameter x 2.5" wide
- Weight: Approx. 5 lbs.
- A white cotton stip is threaded through the canteen and keeps the canteen stopper from getting lost.
Description of the Museum Collection "Wooden Canteen":
This extremely rare wooden soldier’s canteen (circa 1777-1778) is marked USTATES, indicating Continental Army usage. Alarmed by chronic shortfalls in arms and equipment caused in part by thefts and negligence, the Continental Congress directed in February 1777 that all the arms and accoutrements belonging to the country should be marked to show ownership by the United States.