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MODEL 1890 SPANISH AMERICAN WAR ERA ROUND MEAT CAN OR MESS KIT:  Introduced to replace the Model 1874 Meat Can, this round Model 1890 Meat Can was introduced immediately before the Spanish American War and provided the soldier with a larger frying pan and plate, thought to be more utilitarian.   

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

 

NO. 1  MODEL 1890 MEAT CAN:  This solid specimen shows no corrosion, no misshaping, only minor handling dents, has a fully functional locking handle, and still retains much of the original tin plating.  Not all of these meat cans were surcharged with the “US” stamp on the handle, as were the Model 1874 Meat Cans, and this example does not have that stamping.  Overall this is a very nice specimen.  (0226) $150

 

NO. 2  MODEL 1890 MEAT CAN - STAMPED "US":  This very nice solid specimen shows no corrosion, no misshaping, no dents, has a fully functional locking handle, and still retains much of the original tin plating.  The plating on the exterior and on the interior of both the pan and the plate retain almost all of the original bright tin finish.  

As an added value, the handle of this meat can features the stamped “US” surcharge - not regularly found on these Spanish American War meat cans.  Overall this is a very nice specimen.  (0812)  $150

 

NO. 3  MODEL 1890 MEAT CAN:  This solid specimen shows no corrosion, no misshaping, only minor handling dents, has a fully functional locking handle, and still retains much of the original tin plating.  This particular specimen has an interesting field modification with the addition of two simple 1” wide flat iron loops – one on each side – riveted just below the rim of the bottom frying pan section.  The loops were apparently added to allow the meat can to be strapped to the outside of the soldier’s pack or bedroll, a handy means of carrying this bulky, and often greasy, item away from his body, his bedding and his extra clothing.  This is an interesting modification that speaks directly to the innovative nature of the individual soldier. 

Not all of these meat cans were surcharged with the “US” stamp on the handle, as were the M1874 Meat Cans, and this example does not have that stamping.   Overall this is a very nice specimen with a unique soldier applied modification.  (0811) $150

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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