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CIVIL WAR MESS CUP – VERY GOOD SOLID SPECIMEN:  This is a very good specimen of the classic standard issue Civil War soldier’s tin plated cup, characterized by the handle being wire edged and the wires being used to secure the handle to the top rim of the cup.   

Measuring 4" x 4”, this cup is in full form with tight seams, no misshaping, and only some light minor dents from handling or storage.  The cup shows evidence of having been issued and used by a soldier in the field, but it survived the years in very solid condition.  The surface of the metal has very light minor even pitting overall and the cup has a dark color, both the result of being heated over a fire as the soldier prepared his coffee or one-cup meal.  Some of the original tin plating remains, but the remainder of the surface has a pleasant patina.   

Proper to hang on your McClellan saddle, or with your canteen or haversack, there is no doubt in my mind this cup is a genuine Civil War veteran and overall is a very strong example of an item that has all but disappeared from the collector’s market.  (0360) $250



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