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#1 ww2_1943

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 11:40 AM

I received this ammo box with a WW1 grouping that belonged to a Major during the war. I have not seen this type of box before. When I search for WW1 ammo boxes I only find examples of wooden ones. Does anybody have any information about this type of box?
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Posted 27 August 2011 - 11:41 AM

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 12:27 PM

I have a chest like yours. Here is what I found on a search. Maybe it will help.
Cal. .50 M17 Ammo Chest
The M17 Ammunition Chest was introduced in the 1930s for .50 caliber machine gun ammunition. The full nomenclature was Chest, Ammunition Cal. .50 M17 described by drawing number D39091. The M17 was not designed for mounting on the machine gun. Its role was to carry 100 round belts to a position where they would be fed to the gun while the box sat on the ground.
The chest was painted flat olive drab, identified by a black stencil on the front panel under the latch. No other markings were provided. Approximate size is 7 7/8 inches high x 12 inches deep x 6 inches wide.
Sheet metal material
Riveted channel on four vertical edges and two sides of the bottom to form the box
Side-opening lid, not removable, attached to box by riveted hinge, almost full width
Web strap handle on top, attached by metal loops riveted to lid
Lever thumb latch holds top closed at center point. The lower latch assembly is held to the front panel of the box by four rivets while the upper latch hook is attached to the lid with two rivets.
Rolled steel lip-stop runs across the front panel, between the latch sections, to position the lid when closed
No gasket on lid, therefore not sealed from dust or water

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 12:40 PM

Great info Jim. Thanks. I will be posting more from this group as time allows. Everything is really early dated.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 02:25 PM

Some more info

http://browningmgs.c...Boxes01_WW2.htm

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 04:00 PM

I believe this style was carried on vehicles during WWII.

Edited by RustyCanteen, 27 August 2011 - 04:01 PM.


#7 El Bibliotecario

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 07:45 AM

After the war I believe these were common surplus items, popular as tool boxes. I have one I obtained as a small boy; at the time I thought 'chest' was an adjective, like 'ball ammunition' or 'tracer ammunition,' and assumed the box was used to carry 'chest ammunition.'


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