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MODEL 1878 CANTEEN WITH A  ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL MARKED MODEL 1878 LEATHER STRAP – EXCELLENT VERY CLEAN CONDITION:  An original Indian War period US Army issue Model 1878 Canteen complete with the 1878 pattern, wide leather shoulder strap manufactured at the Rock Island Arsenal that was intended to serve for both the canteen and haversack.   

The canteen is in excellent condition with a very clean canvas cover showing no damage and very little wear.  The canteen is complete with both of the triangular hangers that were attached as part of the modification process the arsenal used to convert the Civil War canteens to the Model 1878 Pattern.  The “US” stencil is clear and legible, and is of the desirable “large” pattern characters, indicating that this is one of the earlier stenciled covers.  The cover is solid and free from any holes or tears, and the seams are intact.  The body of the canteen holds it shape on the front and the rear surfaces with no dents or other damage.  The original cork stopper and brass chain are intact and full form with no loss to the cork.  

The wide leather strap – introduced with the Model 1878 Haversack and adopted for the canteen as well with the introduction of the 1885 Equipment - is in very good condition.  The strap is full length with no weak points, complete with both brass hooks and leather keepers, and the leather is supple with only minor crazing on the surface.  The “ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL” stamp is still partially legible.     

This is the canteen issued to the regular army in the west, with no National Guard or State Militia unit marks, and it is a very solid, attractive specimen.  (0714) $275

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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