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MODEL 1885 CAVALRY CANTEEN w/ SCARCE SNAP HOOK LEATHER SADDLE HANGER STRAP – ID’d TO THE 2ND US CAVALRY REGIMENT:  One of the scarcest of the Model 1885 Cavalry Equipments, this Indian War period US Army issue Canteen, this specimen features the added value of being unit identified to the 2ND Regiment of US Cavalry.  Complete with both of the triangular hangers that were attached as part of the modification process the arsenals used to convert the Civil War canteens to the 1878 Pattern, this canteen is fitted with the very scarce Model 1885 Cavalry Canteen Strap.   

These straps, introduced specifically for the mounted soldiers as an alternative to the shoulder straps previously issued to all soldiers, provided a shorter doubled strap fitted with a steel snap hook on a sliding loop which enabled the soldiers to securely hang the canteen on any of the equipment rings mounted on the saddle.   

The strap is pliable, is full length and complete with all the standing and sliding loops, and the fully functional original steel snap hook is properly oriented on its separate leather loop so as to hang the canteen flat against the saddle.  The leather shows very little evidence of use with no crazing or flaking, no weak points or excessive wear to the leather, and an overall bright shiny surface.   

The very legible “US” stencil is present on the canteen cover.   Of special note, the front of the cover is stenciled with three numerals “2” and the reverse of the cover is further stenciled with a large crossed sabres figure with a “C” and the numeral “15”, all combining to indicate this canteen was issued in the 2ND Regiment of U.S. Cavalry, Troop “C” to soldier number 15 on the inventory roll.  The 2ND Cavalry Regiment, tracing its history back to the formation of the 2ND Dragoon Regiment before the Mexican American War, was very active on the frontier west.   

There are the expected soiling marks left on the cover by the years of service and storage, however the canvas cover is solid with no weak points and no wear spots, and the seam around the canteen is fully intact.  The cork, chain and spout are all intact and full form. 

These Model 1885 Cavalry Canteens are very scarce and being able to offer a complete, unit marked specimen such as this one is a pleasure.  Easily one of the most popular canteens of the western Indian Wars, this set will definitely be a nice addition to your Cavalry collection and would be an excellent addition to display on your Model 1885 McClellan Saddle.  (0830)  $750  



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