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MODEL 1917 MOUNTED CANTEEN – COVER AND STRAP  MARKED AND DATED “JQMD 1935” – VERY NICE COMPLETE SPECIMEN IN EXCELLENT CONDITION:  This is an excellent example of the Model 1917 Mounted Canteen which was manufactured at the Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot.    

The cover bears a legible “US” on the front of the cover.  The reverse of the cover is stenciled “J.Q.M.D.” and dated “1935”.  The tip of the leather carrying strap is also stamped with the same “J.Q.M.D.” and “1935”.  Not only does this make for a nice matching set, but it is also proof of how late into the 20TH Century this model of canteen was being made to supply the remaining horse cavalry units.  These covers and straps bearing these late dates must have been made in limited numbers as they are not common.   

The cover shows virtually no evidence of having been issued and used in the field.  There is none of the wear or damage to the cover that is normally seen, the webbing is bright and clean, and the felt interior lining is complete with no wear or mothing.  All of the seams are intact and the canvas is still strong.  The lift the dot snaps are both complete, function well and show no signs of tearing around the snaps as is often the case.   In addition to the “J.Q.M.D.”, the cover is also stenciled with “2721”, likely a unit inventory control number.  

The canteen retains its form, all the seams are intact, there are no unsightly dents, and the cap is intact with the original cork liner and retention chain.  Both the canteen and cup bear matching maker stamps “U.S.-1918-B.A.CO.”.  The cup is in full form with no signs of damage or wear, and the handle functions properly.    

The original leather suspension strap, full length and complete with all the hardware, is in like new condition, retaining a smooth surface to the leather with no crazing or flaking and is still very supple with a bright russet color.  

Overall an exceptional set, this Model 1917 Mounted Canteen would be difficult to improve upon and it has the added value of the matching Quartermaster Depot stamps. SOLD



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