Material: Oak and pine, leather sling straps, copper rosehead tacks
Condition: Very good, Woodchip loss on front side as depicted, caused by shrinkage
against wood peg. Scratch-carved initials on backside: “SD” …black over red paint.
Additional Information: Rosehead tack and peg construction, intact sling straps.
“M.S.” painted over original “U.S.” likely right after the War of 1812. Canteen is maker
signed; E. BURR, a fourth-generation box-maker. Elisha Burr (1776-1863) of Hingham,
Material: Pine, probably oak bentwood sides, polychrome
Condition: Very good with typical scattered paint losses commensurate with age and
use. Retains one leather sling strap.
Additional Information: Tack and peg construction. Working period black over blue
paint…red painted border encircling “P.G”.) The Prescott Guards, an independent militia
company organized in 1819 A.K.A. the Pepperell Light Infantry. The Prescott Guards
honored a famous Revolutionary War hero Colonel William Prescott from Pepperrell
who fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Bill Guthman had a “PG” example in his collection that was sold by Northeast Auction
in 2006. We know of at least one other sold by a well-respected dealer of militaria.
Measurement: Left: 8 5/8” x 6 5/8”, 8 3/8” x 6.5”, on the right…a tad smaller
Material: Maple and white pine
Condition: Excellent original condition
Additional Information: A group of three early oval boxes being of clinched-tack and
wooden peg construction; finely made…tapered fingers feature canted edges; box with
half-finger was made that way. Reddish brown color, full coverage, dry patina. Each lid
is vinegar grained in large cursive script reading “Ginger”, “Coffee”, “Spice”.
(Early working period glue competently rendered to shrinkage crack, possibly by maker; copper tack and wood peg construction; 11.75 by 13.75 by 6.5” high)
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