LARGE TINNED MESS IRON CUP

$375.00

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Item Code: 490-1852

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Mess gear was issued by the various recruiting services, first by the states and later by the federal government. Early in the war local suppliers were often sourced and you also had privately purchased mess gear, not just by officers, who had to supply their own, but by some individuals or militia units entering the volunteer service. The result is a wide variety of mess gear for the collector.

This is an example of rather large mess cup that was big enough to be used as boiler. The edges are rolled and crimped, and the handle has wire reinforcements holding it onto the top rim, all of which helped hold together a cup that might be over a campfire hot enough to melt any solder seams. Much of the tin covering of the sheet iron still remains, now oxidized to an even gray, with a few silvery gray areas still showing. There are a couple of small brown rust spots on the exterior and a broader area inside, but there are no holes and the rust will clean easily with some #000 steel wool and oil.  [sr]

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