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Original issue - U. S. type III - Pattern of 1874 MEAT CAN

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More commonly referred to today as a mess-kit as it appears at first glance as at least similar to the standard military issue mess kit used through WWII , Korea and into the Vietnam era. Closer examination will reveal marked differences in the Pattern of 1874 Meet Can so designated as a primary purpose in addition to serving as an eating utensil was to carry the daily ration of meat. The top section or lid was designed to fit tightly into the pan so as to provide a protective seal. The U. S. marked hinged iron handle is secured by three iron rivets. As indicated by its Pattern of 1874 designation, this meat can was accepted issue in 1874 with ensuing minor variations designated as Type II and III. A Pattern of 1874 can incorporating two of the subsequent issue improvement ( a solid ribbed handle as apposed to the first issue slotted handle and offset of the cover ring) was recovered along Custer’s 7th Cavalry retreat rout from Little Big Horn Valley. The recovery tells us that improvements in the Pattern were in the field as early as 1874. (see: Douglas C. McChristian’s The U. S. Army In The West, 1870 – 1880) additionally, a photo of the Little Big Horn example may be seen in Will Hutchinson’s Artifacts of the Battle of Little Big Horn This example shows good age with evidence of period use and carrying yet remains in pleasing condition. A nice display item for the post Civil War collector. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :

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