just wanted to put some input on these great photos!
One of my colleagues here MikeMster TX seems to suspect the haversack is "They look to me like the M1874 haversack. These were originally issued starting around 1876 and had a web (later leather) shoulder strap, but at some point the single shoulder strap was replaced by leather backpack-style straps. I can't tell if the straps in these photos are leather or not.
This style of haversack would have been considered "surplus" to the Army at the time of the Span-Am War, so it would make sense that Philippine Constabulary troops would have been given this type of equipment in the 1900-1905 period"
I'm still not 100% sure but its close. I've seen the 1874 haversacks with NO US stencilled on them because it usually came blank from the the quartermaster. Each unit was responsible to stencile their own be it cavalry, artillery, infantry, etc. The still suspect the ones being worn by the PC troopers are local made because they look a lot bigger or cavernous than the 1874 haversacks.
If you visit Galveston, Texas visit COL BUBBIES surplus store at the back he still has original haversack is varying conditions- some are close to dry rot and some are still good servicable condition. You just have to pick through the pile.
Post by legionnaire on Sept 29, 2010 10:59:27 GMT -5
We would like to purchase two of those haversacks, but were here in LA. And would like to know if it's possible for you to help us acquire them. And we can pay you through paypal or money order if that's OK with you. Were trying to put together an early PC impression.
Would they have the old round US Army canteens? It would be a great if you could help us in this. Thank you. cheers!