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This extremely rare wooden soldier’s canteen 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.

Object Details

  • Canteen
    United States of America
    ca. 1777
    Wood (pine or cedar, oak)
    Museum of the American Revolution
    2003.00.0033 

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