Mess kit

Object Number: 
ca. 1895
Tin, paint
Overall: 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 16.5 x 21.6 cm )
Oval tin mess kit with hinged handle and removable lid; obverse of lid is painted with an image of a member of the New York National Guard holding a sword, wearing forage cap and red-lined cape; reverse of lid inscribed as souvenir of the 1895 Brooklyn trolly strike; inside of dish inscribed "WEFS", reverse of dish inscribed with insignia of New York National Guard 7th Regiment.
Gallery Label: 
This mess kit belonged to William E. F. Smith, and was used during the Brooklyn trolley strike in 1895.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. William E. F. Smith
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group