mystery mess kit?
Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:00 AM
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.
Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:42 AM
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.
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
Posted 20 June 2017 - 02:09 PM
Here is a topic on Belgian made mess canteen cups.I have a couple as well.
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
Edited by doyler, 20 June 2017 - 02:12 PM.
Posted 20 June 2017 - 05:54 PM
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