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MODEL 1874 US ARMY MESS KIT OR MEAT CAN:  The standard issue mess equipment for the Indian War soldier from 1874 into the 1890’s, the Model 1874 Mess Kit, or as referred to in the language of the time, Meat Can, was a necessary piece of equipment for every soldier, providing him with both a plate and frying pan.  

I have the following specimens currently in stock and each is described below with accompanying photographs. 

 

No. 1  MODEL 1874 US ARMY MESS KIT OR MEAT CAN:  This specimen retains the full form with no misshaping and one small dent at the edge of the side curve of the frying pan.  The plate/lid fits tightly into frying pan as it should and the handle closes over the set to secure it together.  The handle and ring attachment are intact and the “US” is present on the handle.  The plate is stamped with a series of numerals which were a unit applied inventory control number – “M 77” – for Company M, soldier 77.  The tin plating is still present on the exterior of the plate, the exterior of the pan bears some evidence of having been used over a fire on campaign, and the interior surfaces of both pieces show some use, but nothing out of the ordinary.   

A very nice specimen that will display nicely with a Model 1874 Cup, a set of utensils and a set of condiment bags to complete the representative grouping of the mess gear provided to each trooper.  (0521)  $125

 

No. 2  MODEL 1874 US ARMY MESS KIT OR MEAT CAN:  This specimen retains the full form with no misshaping or dents.  The plate/lid fits tightly into frying pan as it should and the handle closes over the set to secure it together.  The handle and ring attachment are intact and the “US” is present on the handle.  The tin plating is still present on the exterior of the plate, and the interior surfaces of both pieces show some use, but nothing out of the ordinary.   

A very nice specimen that will display nicely with a Model 1874 Cup, a set of utensils and a set of condiment bags to complete the representative grouping of the mess gear provided to each trooper.  (0959)  $125

 

 

No. 3  MODEL 1874 US ARMY MESS KIT OR MEAT CAN:  This specimen retains the full form with no misshaping or dents.  The plate/lid fits tightly into frying pan as it should and the handle closes over the set to secure it together.  The handle and ring attachment are intact and the “US” is present on the handle.  The tin plating is still present on the exterior of the plate, having a nice aged patina where the bright tin has turned the dark gray/green color.  The interior surfaces of both pieces show some use, but nothing out of the ordinary.  There is some minor, isolated spots of pitting, but nothing that substantially detracts from the piece. 

A very nice specimen that will display nicely with a Model 1874 Cup, a set of utensils and a set of condiment bags to complete the representative grouping of the mess gear provided to each trooper.  (0780)  $95

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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