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#1 evets

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:00 AM

Just purchased an odd mess kit off of eBay, and was wondering if someone out there could help me ID it. Ive already Googled my way around the best I could, but have so far come up with nothing. And I don't recall seeing this type in my 25+ years of collecting.
 
It's similar in style to the WWI era M1910/M1918 meat can, but with the M1942 type lid (like the early 1941 and early 1942 dated/manufactured ones are typically), is coated steel (similar to the M1874 meat can or the French made US M1918 meat can), and marked "USA" "1944" and what looks to be "METTERS" and "N"
 
Any ideas?
 
Thanks!
 

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#2 RustyCanteen

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:07 AM

This is referred to as the 'M-1943', which was an attempt (failed) at replacing the aluminum previously used in an attempt to conserve important resources during the earlier stages of WWII. There are also steel cups to be found, both tin plated as the mess kits were, and porcelain coated (black or blue)  such as the steel canteens made.



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Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:42 AM

Cool, thanks!

 

I've never seen one of these tin plated steel types before, especially a 1944 dated one with a M1910 style handle and main section. I've seen the enameled items, however, but haven't owned any of those in a long time.



#4 Fred Ganske

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 12:54 PM

I believe your mess kit/ meat can is a private purchase or civilian item. 

 

1. The handle suggests M1932 pattern, but these these had aluminum bodies. 

2. The M1942 has a different style handle and these were made in zinc plated steel, tin plated steel, stainless steel and by 1943 of aluminum again.  I haven't seen zinc or tin plated mess kits dated later than 1943.  

3. The markings on government issue mess kits were generally "U.S" and not "USA".  Also the manufacturers generally used only their initials.  

 

In the attached photo, L-R:  M1932 dated 1941, M1942 dated 1942 in zinc plated steel, M1942 dated 1943 in tin plated steel and M1942 dated 1944 in stainless steel or corrosion-less metal.  

 

Your mess kit is an interesting and uncommon item.  Cheers

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:44 PM

​Interesting mess kit.

 

Always  like seeing the different war time finishes on items and the alternatives they were trying.

 

​Here is a older topic on cups.

 

http://www.usmilitar...sh#entry1595095



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 02:09 PM

Here is a topic on Belgian made mess canteen cups.I have a couple as well.

 

http://www.usmilitar...=+made +belgium

 

I'm wondering if the U.S.A is for US ARMY? The Belgian made items are stamped as such but most appear made in 1945.

 

Could Metters be a French or Belgian manufacturer who were producing items for the US Army?

 

Also odd that if commercial or Civilian made war time that 1944 was added where as a dated item is typical of military contracted items and with the war time shortages here at home I'm wondering why a commercial mess kit would have been produced.

 

Be fun to see how this "pans" out :blush: 


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#7 vonmoen

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 05:54 PM

Not sure if it is related, but there was an Australian company named "Metters Limited" that made wood stoves and kitchen appliances.


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