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Late 1800 German Military Canteen

Article about: My grandfather brought this along to the USA when he came from the German military in 1898. ANy ideas on what its history is, it name, and its value? Ray

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    My grandfather brought this along to the USA when he came from the German military in 1898. ANy ideas on what its history is, it name, and its value?
    Ray

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    Some pics would help

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    Hi Ray.
    Welcome to the groups.

    Any chance of some pics of it?

    Regards etc

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    ray
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    I will try to upl;oad them again, seems they didn't make it
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    Last edited by ray; 02-14-2010 at 10:41 PM.

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    got them now

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    ray, it is a reservists flask, and by the insignia upon it, for a reservist officer, two pips = Hauptmann (Captain) who served in '5 Westfalisches Infantrie-Regt Nr 53, part of the VII Armee Korps, garrisoned at Koln. After active service (service took place throughout the mans life between 17-45) men would become reservist.It is the reservist not the proffesionals who carried souvinirs such as pipes, steins, flasks, cups, swords, and many others. These types of souvinirs were available private purchase. Yours, im afraid, is not in pristine condition, it would of had a carry strap of woven colours red, white, and black, also it is probable that it was decorated with hand painted scenes of regimental life, to remind the owner of his service.

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    ray, heres a similiar, complete flask, to give you an idea of what yours probably looked like.....
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    ray
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    Doesn't appear for some reason, but I will work on that. Very interesting comments on the history of it. Thanks

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