SPANISH AMERICAN WAR ERA CUPS MARKED US:
Another in the progression of cups introduced in the
late 19th Century, this pattern of US Army
Mess Cup is plainly embossed with a ¾ high US in the
bottom of the cup. Generally believed to have been
introduced about the time of the Spanish American War,
this cup was apparently produced in sufficient numbers
to have been well represented in the general issues of
Possibly a predecessor to the later Model 1908
Experimental Cup, this is the first of the shorter cups
to be tried by the army, measuring 2 ¾ high and 4 ¾ in
diameter. Drawn from a single piece of iron in the same
manner as the Soup Cup and the cups that would be
issued after 1900, this cup has a flat bottom with a
small rounded edge.
These cups were produced with two different finishes - a
tin plating and a blue gray enamel coating. Again,
most certainly the result of testing different finishes
to determine which would last longer in the field.
Other than the finish, the cups are identical.
Not particularly common, these cups makes for an
interesting addition to display with the other models of
US Army cups of the 19th and early 20th
Centuries, and would be appropriate to place with a
Spanish American War grouping.
I have the following cups
available, each listed below with accompanying