Traveling canteen

Traveling canteen
Traveling canteen
Title
Traveling canteen
Date 
1798-1819
Medium 
Leather, silver, velvet, wood, ivory, steel
Dimensions 
Case (canteen case): 5 5/8 x 3 1/4 in. (14.3 x 8.3 cm)
Description 
Leather Empire canteen with silver beaker, spoon, fork, knife, corkscrew and wood and ivory salt and pepper shaker; hinged, black leather canteen case tapering toward flat top; hinged, angled opening around mid-section with steel push button clasp; circular, silver beaker with straight sides and molded rim fits into bottom of the case; beaker engraved on the front center, "Military Kit/ used by/ Colonel Nicholas Fish/ during the Revolutionary War/ 1775-1783" in script; maker's marks stamped below the rim and on the base of the beaker; leather cup with shaped velvet divider fits inside the beaker and holds folding cutlery; cylindrical wood and ivory salt and pepper shaker with straight sides, domed top with turned ivory knop finial; shaker unscrews into three sections, demarcated by ivory rings; bottom compartment holds a salt cube; center holds ground pepper in the center; all cutlery hinged at centers to fold in half for storage and have wooden handles with inset silver shields, and molded silver bands around bases and below hinges; handles have rectangular domed and molded ends; four pronged fork head; elliptical oval tablespoon; steel blade of the pocket knife folds into handle; maker's marks stamped on the reverse of fork and spoon; "A PARIS" stamped on the blade of the knife; silver corkscrew with baluster socket fitted with a faceted loop bottle opener and fits into tubular silver case.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. Stuyvesant LeRoy
Object Number 
1940.674a-h
Marks 
engraved: front center of the beaker: "Military Kit/ used by/ Colonel Nicholas Fish/ during the Revolutionary War/ 1775-1783" in script stamped: below the rim of the beaker: rooster over "1" in a chamfered rectangle (1st standard mark, Paris, 1798-1809), male bust between "2" and "5" in a circle (garantie mark, Departments, 1798-1809) stamped: on the base of the beaker: bust besides "1" in an oval, "L J/ T" below a cross conforming (maker's mark) stamped: on the underside of the spoon: rooster besides "1" in a chamfered rectangle (Paris, 1st standard mark, 1819), bust in a circle(departments, garantie mark, 1819), woman's bust in an oval, partial maker' mark stamped: on the underside of the fork: rooster besides "1" in a chamfered rectangle (Paris, 1st standard mark, 1819), bust in a circle (departments, garantie mark, 1819), woman's bust in an oval, "A C/ R" in a diamond stamped: on the blade of the knife: "A PARIS"
Gallery Label 
According to the donor, this traveling canteen belonged to Colonel Nicholas Fish, and was used by him during the Revolutionary War. As the canteen and its contents were made between 1798 and 1819, however, they could not have been used this early. Colonel Fish was appointed Adjunct-General to the State of New York following the war and served as an Alderman of the City of New York, 1806-1817. This canteen may have been used during those years for travel.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group