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Shovel Covers, M1905 and M1910


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This topic covers the various shovel cover variations used from 1905 through 1918. Please feel free to post any additional covers, especially a 1917 and 1918 cover. Mine 1918 dated cover is too salty to post.

 

 

First up is the M1905 cover which is identified by the Krag bayonet hanger on the back which is riveted to a leather piece and sewn to the cover. Unfortunately this very nice example is not mine, I culled the images from eBay.

 

Note the three rivets along the edge trim, leather straps, and roller buckle. The leather straps will be stamped on the end with RIA, the date, and inspector's initials.

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After the adoption of the M1910 equipments, many M1905 shovel covers were modified with the removal of the Krag Bayonet hanger and replaced by a web tab holding the bent wire hanger.

 

This example, which I need to restore is dated 1909. Note the rear of the cover where the leather tab was once. The four holes from the hanger's rivets are also visible.

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This cover is a first pattern M1910, dated 1911. Leather is still used though the loop on the back had been eliminated. The edges still have trim but the three rivits were also eliminated. The hook on the back is typical of early M1910 gear as is passes through a brass tube. Note the lack of markings as these were issued that way and markings were stenciled at unit level.

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Now we get into the 2nd pattern shovel covers.

 

This shovel carrier was manufactured by the Rock Island Arsenal, dated 1913. The original M1910 shovel carrier was simplified and the second pattern was created. A canvas strap replaced the leather strap, construction was simplified, and the roller buckle with tongue was replaced by a simple one piece brass buckle. This carrier is in the early light olive green shade and has pre 1915 brass hardware. Later shovel carriers were mass produced during 1917 and 1918, but in the common drab ( Khaki) shades. Later carriers also had a rounded brass tab on the end of the strap, rather than the pre 1915 square tab seen on this example.

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Another early 2nd pattern cover, the date is hard to make out. My guess is that this cover may be from 1915-1916. These were marked and dated inside using very light blue/ purple ink which makes it hard for collectors to date these things. By 1917, the RIA would revert back to marking the date on the back of the cover.

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A couple years ago I saw this handsome unpainted "t handle" shovel and 1918 dated cover at a local show. Seemed quite reasonably priced at fifty bucks so I took it home. Cover is unissued and the shovel is very nice condition showing no signs of ever being painted.

 

Greg

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Now we get into the 2nd pattern shovel covers.

 

This shovel carrier was manufactured by the Rock Island Arsenal, dated 1913. The original M1910 shovel carrier was simplified and the second pattern was created. A canvas strap replaced the leather strap, construction was simplified, and the roller buckle with tongue was replaced by a simple one piece brass buckle. This carrier is in the early light olive green shade and has pre 1915 brass hardware. Later shovel carriers were mass produced during 1917 and 1918, but in the common drab ( Khaki) shades. Later carriers also had a rounded brass tab on the end of the strap, rather than the pre 1915 square tab seen on this example.

 

I guess my green shovel cover sold to me as "USMC" is one of these. It's identical but where the "US" should be is painted out markings. Same construction, same color, same buckle and strap tip end.

 

Greg

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a very great topic with superbs datations that i never seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

i'm looking for a green color one....................... :rolleyes:

 

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Just keep an eye on eBay. I bought the 1913 dated cover in post #6 from eBay in Summer 2005 for $35. Nobody bid on it and I almost passed on it. The same seller was also selling a 1st pattern haversack which author/photographer Martin Brayley bought and used it in his recent US web gear book ( my name is also in his credits!).

 

The cover in post #8 came from Baystate Militaria about a month ago. It came with one of those "USMC" shovels.

 

Smith, if I come across a nice cover I'll let you know!

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Although I am again quite late to a thread, attached are some photos of a second pattern Model 1910 shovel cover, marked RIA 1912, that has a canvas material (not web) tab for the early type wire hangar, has the square buckle and strap end, and is "pea green" (instead of the lighter "khaki").

 

 

I understand 1912 was the first year that the second pattern Model 1910 shovel cover was produced, and was likely the only year that had the canvas tab that held the hanger (the 1913 dated specimens all seem to have a web tab).
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