US 1914 RIA Forest Service Canteen USFS WWI Era Rare NR
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This is a great example of a Forest Service canteen, marked 'R.I.A. 1914' It is in great condition, and looks like it was used very little. T are no repairs, and all the stitching is intact. The only flaw is a broken spring on one of the clips that secures the strap to the canteen. This would be a simple repair, but I will leave it as it is. On the front is a 'U.S.' marking in black. It has a design in red which appears to have been added after the US marking. It looks like an eagle sitting atop a shield of some sort, kind of faded. This could have been a military canteen that was re-issued to the forest service.The back of the canteen is marked with a large red 'FS', and the strap is also marked in red, 'US FS'. On the bottom front of the canteen is the marking 'R.I.A. 1914 R' The cork is in pretty good shape, with only a small area of loss at the bottom of the cork. T is a small dent at the lip of the opening, this could also be repaired very easily. I can feel no dents to the canteen itself, and the canvas covering is all intact. The brass ring and chain holding the cork is also intact and in good shape. Overall, this canteen is in superb condition for being almost 100 years old. A great addition to a canteen, military or Forest Service collection, no reserve.