Traveling canteen

Traveling canteen
Title
Traveling canteen
Date 
ca. 1850
Medium 
Silver plate, cork, wood
Dimensions 
Overall (canteen): 4 5/8 x 2 7/8 in. (11.7 x 7.3 cm)
Description 
Cast silver traveling canteen containing a silver plate fork and spoon, a wooden salt and pepper shaker and a cork divider; circular canteen with straight sides curving under at the base; four geometric bands incised around the body; circular cover with an incurved rim raised to a dome with a depressed center; cork divider with with three rectangular and circular hole cut through to hold the cutlery fitted into the lid; turned, circular, wood salt and pepper shaker with straight sides and a curved top; shaker unscrews into three sections, for holding salt in the base and pepper in the center; fork and spoon hinged in the center to fold in half for storage; both with down turned, fiddle thread handles, rectanglar slides on the shaft, to secure the hinge in the open position, and rounded, chamfered shoulders; four pronged fork; elliptical bowl on the spoon; no makers marks.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Edward J. Turnbull
Object Number 
1959.111a-f
Gallery Label 
This traveling canteen was used by Ephraim George Squier (1821-1888), a noted archeologist and the father of the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group