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June 12, 2024 – Cup

Curator's Corner
1. June 19, 2024 – Forks
2. June 12, 2024 – Cup
From the Collection of Douglas McChristian
Object# 2019.1.484
Model 1874 Tin Cup
When a model or pattern date is mentioned in regard to an object, that does not necessarily mean that is the date of its creation or use. This cup is a prime example.
This was used by Corporal Patrick Connor, Company B, 11th Infantry. Connor previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Philippines Islands from 1900 to 1903 before he enlisted in the army in 1906. He was assigned to Company B, 11th Infantry and was discharged at Fort D.A. Russell, Wyoming in 1912. We know this was Corporal Connor’s cup due to his multiple inscriptions on the side and bottom. He scratched the same “Patrick Connor, Co. B, 11th Inf.” approvimatly 6 times throughout the cup.
Some 30 years after the model 1874 tin cup was approved, this example was still being used by Corporal Connor. One reason is the sheer amount of these in surplus. There was also no need to change the design when it will suffice for its intended purpose. There is even a chance that issued pieces could be reissued at various points or transferred from soldier to soldier. Regardless of the situation, the army was notorious for utilizing older stock items until “all stores are exhausted.”
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