Replace your old, ratty, torn cover or just change the material for a different look. However, we should be careful not to apply our 21-st century standards of uniformity to the Civil War as the canteen was a utilitarian item. Most covers were pulled from the ‘scrap pile’, and there was very little concern on the type or color of material used. Yet, be well assured that all of our canteen covers are from U.S.A. material