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MODEL 1878 CANTEEN WITH THE EARLY NARROW LEATHER CANTEEN STRAP AND A NICELY MAKER MARKED SPOUT – EXCELLENT “LIKE NEW” CONDITION:  An original Indian War period US Army issue Model 1878 Canteen complete with the early pattern, narrow leather shoulder strap, this specimen is one of the “bullseye” pattern canteens and also features a legibly maker marked spout – both features which are evidence that this canteen body was originally manufactured during the Civil War.

Due to the financial restraints on the army during the recession stricken 1870’s, the army was forced to recycle much of the stocks of Civil War equipment which remained in storage, much of it unissued and in virtually like-new condition.  Such was the case with the majority of the canteens issued to the Indian War soldiers, which were refurbished and modified with new hangers and covers.  The maker marked spout on this canteen is a nice added value feature which illustrates the history of the Indian War canteens. 

Showing no sign of ever having been issued or used, this Model 1878 Canteen is in as close to “like new unissued” condition as one can hope to find.  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 very bright and legible, with no sign of fading, and is of the desirable “large” pattern characters, indicating that this is one of the earlier stenciled covers.  The cover is very clean, 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 correct narrow leather strap is in excellent condition - full length with no weak points, complete with both brass hooks and leather keepers, and the leather is supple with a clear, bright and shiny surface with no crazing or flaking.  These narrow canteen slings have all but disappeared from the market and are now quite scarce, and finding one in this condition is particularly notable.   

This is the canteen which was issued to the regular army in the west, with no National Guard or State Militia unit marks.  A very solid specimen with the very desirable, and correct, narrow canteen sling, this Model 1878 Canteen would be almost impossible to upgrade this canteen.  (0347)  $325 



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