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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 Century. 

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



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