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MODEL 1878 CANTEEN WITH THE EARLY NARROW LEATHER CANTEEN STRAP:  An original Indian War period US Army issue Model 1878 Canteen complete with the early pattern, narrow leather shoulder strap.

The canteen is complete with both of the triangular hangers that were attached as part of the modification process the arsenal used to convert the Civil War canteens to the Model 1878 Pattern.  The “US” stencil is clear and legible, and is of the desirable “large” pattern characters, indicating that this is one of the earlier stenciled covers.  The cover is generally clean without any heavy soiling, is solid and free from any wear points or tears, and the seams are intact.  The body of the canteen holds it shape on the front and the rear surfaces with no dents or other damage.  The original cork stopper and brass chain are intact and full form with no loss to the cork.  The rear side of the canteen is stenciled with the numeral "9", a unit applied inventory number. 

The correct narrow leather strap is in very good condition - full length with no weak points, complete with both brass hooks and leather keepers, and the leather is supple with only minor crazing in scattered spots on the shiny surface.  The sling has a very faint Rock Island Arsenal stamp, apparent because you know what you're looking for, and two sets of inspector and piece worker's initials.  There is the numeral "15" stamped in the leather, again, another unit applied inventory number.   These narrow canteen slings have all but disappeared from the market and are now quite scarce.   

This is the canteen which was issued to the regular army in the west, with no National Guard or State Militia unit marks, and it is a very solid specimen with the very desirable, and correct, narrow canteen sling.  (0107)  $200 



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