Creation Date
Canteen: Canteen made by Leo Dressen Jr. The canteen is 8" wide x 9" high x 3" deep, including the cap. The canteen is white plastic. The cap screws on and is attached with a silver chain. The cap is covered in medium brown leather. It has a medium brown leather strip laced around the top. Around the sides is medium brown leather. It is attached to the leather on the front and back sides by medium brown 1/4" wide strip laced through both pieces. The strips tie in the front and back and the tails hang down. A 1" wide medium brown strap goes around the sides. It is inserted through 2 loops on the bottom and one on each side. They extend past the canteen at the top and have a silver ring inserted in them. Attached to the ring is a 3/4" wide carrying strap. It is dark brown on the outside and medium brown on the inside. The front and back of the canteen is dark brown leather. On the leather on the front side is an aluminum design of a large flower with 4 leaves. They have etched designs on them. Condition - There are some worn spots and scratches, especially on the front, back, and top. There are a few small stains on top. Made by Leo Dressen Jr. in 1986. They were made for Roy and Norma Neufeldt out of Leo's appreciation to Roy for removing a fallen tree from his pole shed roof. At Leo's request, Roy gave Leo a sheet of aluminum to use for the silver portions and sheepskin for the lining. The aluminum was pounded and etched to make a silver effect. Leo was well-known for his artistic skill and many of his works, unfortunately, were destroyed in a fire that also claimed his life.
Geographic Notes
Red Wing/Goodhue County/MN/USA

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