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Eagle flask in a Civil War photo

Screwtop

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Sep 1, 2018
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Carter County Kentucky
I thought this was pretty neat. Two soldiers, playing cards, and would you look at that! And eagle flask!

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A few of you may notice the terrible gold red and purple on the cards, and buttons. That was painted on by the original photographer.
 

sandchip

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Sep 1, 2008
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Georgia
The reason I asked is that it was pretty common to use 'em down here. I even used to find jugs with corncob stoppers around my granny's place when I was a young'un. I guess if they could be used to wipe one's rear end, then they could be used for anything!
 

American

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Nov 17, 2017
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I'm confused - that flask looks like a Pittsburgh Double Eagle that is significantly post Civil War. Significant as in 1870's.
 

RNorwood

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Jul 17, 2019
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It could be post war. Military uniforms changed little in the ten years or so following Appomattox.
 

sandchip

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Georgia
There are pontiled Pittsburgh double eagle flasks dating to the 1850s, so a smooth base example could easily date to the early 1860s.
 

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