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MODEL 1874 US ARMY MESS SPOON:  These original Indian War Period US Army Issue Model 1874 Mess Spoons, standard issue to every soldier, were made of lightweight plated tin and were no where near as strong as the Model 1874 Knife and Fork.  As a result the spoons did not survive in the same numbers as the other two utensils, and are often missing from an Indian War display.   

Unmarked as is common for these spoons, this is the exact pattern spoon chosen by the Ordnance Equipment Board in 1874 and produced by Lamson, Goodenew & Co. of New York.  This same pattern spoon is shown is a number of different references to include Ordnance Memoranda No. 19, Infantry Equipment 1874.   The spoon is a full sized specimen, 7 long and the same length as the Model 1874 Fork and Knife.  This spoon is in excellent condition full form with a majority of the original tin plating intact.   

Never particularly common, these spoons have become scarce on the market and it is difficult to find a decent one to complete your saddlebags or haversack in conjunction with the mess kit, cup, and ration bags.  (0338) $75 



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