Original & Scarce British Army 1870s Wooden Canteen
A scarce example of the wooden D-section canteen approved by the British Government for issue to British troops in 1874, and carried throughout the Anglo-Zulu War period. Often called the 'Oliver' pattern water-bottle this is apparently a misnomer, and it was officially referred to as the 'Italian pattern'. The top edge has several stamps and issue marks including 'WD' (War Department) and '78'. This example looks its age but is in good sound condition and the metal stopper is present. Interestingly, there is an Italian-language manufacturer's label still present on the bottom.