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MODEL 1874 MESS CUPS:  These are very nice specimens of the classic Indian Wars Model 1874 Mess Cup, carried by every soldier on campaign – suspended from the cavalryman’s saddle and from the infantryman’s canteen sling.  Made of heavy iron and plated in tin, these cups served the soldiers from the Custer Era through the Spanish American War.  Once fairly common on the market, these cups have become increasingly scarce, especially those which are in decent condition with no misshaping, heavy corrosion or pin holes.  These are very nice cups to display with your haversack and canteen or on your saddle.   

I have the following cups available, each listed below with accompanying photographs.

 

NO. 1 MODEL 1874 CUP:  A very nice specimen, with an even smooth finish overall, the tin plating present - most with a nice even dark patina and some of the original bright finish - and a very legible “US” on the handle.  There are a few very minor dents, but no severe misshaping, no pin holes nor damage due to corrosion, and all of the seams are intact.  (1101)  $175

 

NO. 2  MODEL 1874 CUP:  A particularly nice specimen, with an even smooth finish overall, the tin plating present and a very legible “US” on the handle.  Retaining its original full form, there are no severe dents or misshaping, no pin holes nor damage due to corrosion, and all of the seams are intact.  SOLD

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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