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Found decades ago but not sure what it is

Article about: An elderly friend found this many decades ago when he was in the military. I have been trying to help his daughter figure out what it is and get some idea of the value. I believe it is a can

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    Default Found decades ago but not sure what it is

    An elderly friend found this many decades ago when he was in the military. I have been trying to help his daughter figure out what it is and get some idea of the value.

    I believe it is a canteen because of the size and it's high quality would seem to indicate it was an officer's. Neither of us is knowledgeable about this, but it seems to have the double-headed eagle imperial emblem so we thought perhaps it could be from the Napoleonic wars, either Austro-Hungarian or Russian?

    If anyone could help us with identifying this relic it would be very appreciated.
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    Hi Joy, it certainly is an interesting piece of which ive never seen before..is it possible to get some clearer photos? Close ups might hold the key to this

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    I did find this, that seems to have the same centerpiece
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    No description was given of that photo..but im thinking Russian orthodox, due to the two headed eagle and the religious figure riding ..at a guess??

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    Might it be religious and not militaria related??
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Looks like our posts crossed. Agree, to me it looks religious. The Halos confirm it for me.
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

    My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them

    "Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)

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    Hello
    seems to be a pilgrimage canteen IMO ??
    cordially
    Didier

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    A Monk or Priest's sacramental wine flask?
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    It definitely appears to be the same centerpiece as the picture you found. I did not realize there was such a thing as a pilgrimage canteen.

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    Ok i think the center might well be St Sergios..making yours a very ornate version of a Pilgrim Flask of St. Sergios
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