US Army J-118 Escort Wagon
Above: The Model of 1901 US Army Escort Wagon or J-118 Escort Wagon. This example was in the vicinity of Camp Greene, SC so likely had a history with that installation. It is largely complete and all original. There are some issues with the wheels but I have replacement 57 inch rear wheels in good condition but will have to look around for the front 48 inch wheels. Both of the existing front 48 inch wheels have damaged felloes. I am missing the ridge pole, brakes, correct double tree and single trees and the spring seat. The under carriage is painted red so you would think the bed would be blue, but it is green. This makes me think the wagon was put together from parts from a pre-war painted wagon underframe and a wartime painted bed. Overall, it is a good example and should be a comparatively easy restoration.
Above: The seat mount for the Escort Wagon. The "US" marking is visible on the wagon bed, under the seat mount. The springs and seat itself are missing
Above: The tool box
Above and below: The tail gate and bed
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