Mc Pheeters Antique Militaria
Home Page About Us Ordering Information Links

 

     

PATTERN 1907 US ARMY LEGGINGS – NICE MATCHED PAIRS:  Introduced shortly after the turn of the Twentieth Century, these leggings were part of the complete redesign of the army’s uniforms.  From head to toe, the army literally departed from the appearance of the western frontier soldier made so famous by Remington and Russell and adopted the style and cut of the more cosmopolitan armies around the world.  The blue shirted trooper of the 19TH Century was now clad in khaki.  With this change the army left behind the high top boots in favor of a universal three quarter height boot or shoe topped with a series of canvas, canvas and leather, and full leather leggings.   

These Pattern 1907 Leggings were the first of that series and were only in use for a very short period of time before being eclipsed by the succeeding patterns, hence they are quite scarce today.   

One important historical note is worth mentioning here.  The uniform regulations directed that only soldiers in the cavalry and artillery would be issued the full leather Pattern 1907 Mounted Leggings.  All other soldiers would be issued these all canvas Pattern 1907 Dismounted Leggings.  But as with every rule, there are exceptions, and the issue of these leggings was no different.  In a footnote in the regulations, the army allowed for the issue of the canvas Dismounted Leggings to cavalry and artillery soldiers when they were not mounted. 

Courtesy of John Langellier’s well illustrated Hats Off, Head Dress of the U.S. Army, 1872-1912, this photograph shown on page 175 captures “Troopers Goodniss and Simons of Company M, Tenth U.S. Cavalry [regiment]…”.  Note that while these soldiers are cavalry troopers, both are wearing the Pattern 1907 Dismounted Canvas Leggings, documenting the army’s exception as detailed above.    

I have two pairs of these scarce early leggings, each pair listed separately below with accompanying photographs. 

 

NO. 1  PATTERN 1907 US ARMY LEGGINGS:  This matched pair has seen very limited use, showing no wear along the upper and low edges, and all of the seams are intact.  The canvas straps are full length, showing no wear or tattering, and the tips are finished with the line of stitching, and no metal tips were ever installed on the straps.  I suspect that these leggings made without the metal tips on the wrapping straps were probably the earliest production runs, the metal tips being added later as the need for them was recognized.  The material has a yellow hue to the khaki dye which is original to this set and not the result of aging or discoloration.  The metal stays that run the height of the leggings along both vertical edges are present on both leggings and still retained in their integral sewn pockets.  The buckles are present on both leggings and retain the majority of the original black finish with some minor corrosion to the sliding friction bar.  Both buckles are fully functional.  There are some minor stains as can be seen in the photographs with one notable rust stain immediately next to the buckle on one legging that resulted in a wear spot through the material.  When displayed this spot is covered by the outer edge of the legging and would not be noticeable. One legging bears a faint maker’s ink stamp. This is a gently used matching set which would display very well with an early 20TH equipment grouping.  (0226)  $65 

 

NO. 2  PATTERN 1907 US ARMY LEGGINGS:  This is no doubt a matched pair, and worn together by the same soldier, but oddly, both are leggings for the right leg.  They show the same exact coloring, wear patterns, and are otherwise identical – definitely always mated with each other – but strangely, worn as they present by the same soldier.  If I had to guess, he was either the last guy in the uniform issue line, and two “rights” were all the Quartermaster had to give him, or he was the Mortimer Snerd of the company – every company dating back to the Romans has had one - and he just didn’t notice.   

This set has seen use, however they have survived in very good condition.  There is no wear along the upper and low edges, nor long the vertical edges, and all of the seams are intact.  The canvas straps are full length, showing no wear or tattering, and the metal tips are both present and intact.  The material is a light khaki color.  The metal stays that run the height of the leggings along both vertical edges are present on one legging, with one of the stay pockets open from wear at the bottom of the legging.  The second legging retains one of the metal stays still fully captured in the pocket, while the second stay is missing.  The missing stay will not be noticed when the leggings are displayed. The buckles are present on both leggings and retain the original black finish with no corrosion, and both buckles are fully functional.  There is some minor staining to the canvas as can be seen in the photographs, but nothing dramatic nor out of character with the other indications of use.   Both leggings bear legible maker’s inked date stamps, a very nice feature.  This is an interesting matching set which illustrates that nothing went to waste in the continuously cash-strapped army, and they would display very well with an early 20TH equipment grouping.  (0227)  $45 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ordering Instructions

Identified Items  

Firearms

Edged Weapons

Saddles and Horse Equipment

Accoutrements

Collectors Ammunition

Uniforms, Insignia, Hats

Canteens and Mess Gear

Gun tools, Bullet molds and Parts

Field Equipment and Artillery

Original Ordnance Manuals, and Photos 

US Army Medical

Reference Books and Reprints