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Scarce Paint Decorated Cheese-Box Form Militia Canteen.....SOLD
New England, likely Massachusetts (Hingham area) or New Hampshire, ca. 1800-1825 (War of 1812 era). Appears to be pine top and bottom and perhaps ash as the band. Intaglio stamped JR, the maker, possibly for "John Ripley" a second generation cooper working in Hingham who used the stamp JR. Paint initialed "LP." which would likely represent the owner, or the town in which the militia was mustered. Original dry blue-green paint with beautifully contrasting red bursting star and border, and remarkably retains its carved red plug. The pride of being a member of the militia was so strong that these canteens were decoratively embellished to represent the militia in parades to accessorize their clothing and hats. Excellent, robust structural condition with the minor loss of two of the three leather sling loops, and a bit of wear on the highpoints of the hand-planing, on the signed side. About 7 1/8 inch diameter x 2 5/8 tall.
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