PATTERN 1889 SPANISH AMERICAN WAR US ARMY BROWN
CANVAS LEGGINGS – VERY SCARCE SET: Consistent
with the specifications dictated by the Quartermaster
General, these Pattern 1889 Canvas Leggings became one
of the iconic pieces of US Army uniforming which is
readily associated with the Spanish American War.
In very good condition, this matched pair of leggings is
in full form and is complete with both full length
laces. The brass eye hooks and eyelets are present with
the exception of the loss of one hook. Both leggings
are fitted with a leather strap which passed under the
arch of the shoe or boot, and each of these straps is
intact with the original matching buckles.
The top inside of each legging is ink stamped “X 15”,
indicating the sizing – 15” across the top of the
legging. The laces are full length, so no wear or weak
points and both retain the original crimped brass tips.
The leggings do show signs of use with minor soiling low
on the inside of each legging where the shoe heels would
have brushed the opposite ankle as the soldier walked,
but nothing extreme and nothing that would not be
expected from such a set seeing some field use. The
canvas is overall very strong with no tears, weak points
or signs of deterioration and all of the seams are solid
This is a fairly scarce set of leggings, due to a
relatively limited production and so many being used to
the point of destruction on the tropical battlefields of
Cuba and the Philippines.
This would be a great pair
to display with, and complete, a Pattern 1898 or 1899
Tropical Khaki Uniform.