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    Sergeant of Infantry, Spanish-American War: Ready to March. This sergeant wears an 1885-pattern 3-button pullover shirt (bottom button missing). The shirt is partially lined and is in great shape with very minor moth damage. The trousers have a 32½" inseam, a 4-button fly (one button is mismatched), and light staining from normal wear. There are some contemporary repairs and minor moth damage. On his feet are a pair of barracks shoes (see lot number 11013). On his head, the sergeant wears a model 1889 campaign hat with grosgrain silk hat band and white cord. The left side of the crown is equipped for the button (detached, but present) to roll up and attach the 3" brim. The sweatband is mostly intact, and the condition is worn but good. The sergeant sports a 60"x 3" web bandolier for the .30-Krag and a 36"x 3" cartridge belt for the .45 Colt. His canvas leggings are 15½" high with quick-lacing brass fittings and leather boot straps. Apart from some warehouse staining they are like new. Finally, he carries a canvas-covered model 1887 canteen with leather shoulder strap and brass hooks. The canteen appears to be stenciled for the 31st Infantry Regiment which postdates most of this gear. The 31st was organized at Fort William McKinley, Philippine Islands, in 1916.

    The canteen shows some minor staining and verdigris on the brass fittings but is otherwise in very good condition.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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