US ARMY CUP - TRANSITIONAL PATTERN BETWEEN THE
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR ERA CUPS AND THE MODEL 1908 CUP –
MARKED “US”: This cup appears to be another
transitional design which appeared in the progression of
cup designs the army began introducing in the late 19TH
Century and continued through the early 20TH
Possibly a predecessor to the later Model 1901, Model
1906 and Model 1908 Cups, this cup resembles the Spanish
American War era tinned and enamel finished short cups
which were embossed “US” in the bottom of the cup.
Measuring 3 ¼” high and 5” in diameter, like the earlier
SAW cups, the larger “Soup Cup” attributed to the
Michigan National Guard, and the cups that would be
issued after 1900, this cup is drawn from a single piece
of iron and has flat bottom with a small rounded edge.
This cup is tin plated which has a nice aged patina.
The plating is overall present with only very minor
scattered pitting, but no holes, significant dents or
other signs of abuse. The top of the handle is stamped
with a legible “US”.
Not common, this style of cup was apparently made in
very limited numbers, again likely the result of the
continuously changing patterns. This would be a very
nice addition to a collection of cups and other mess
gear of the turn of the century army. (0353) $65