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  • 11 months later...

Great thread, very informative. Attached are pics from a recent pick up. My question is: Was it common for British made canteen carriers to not have the US stamp on the front? Or is mine just washed out? I don't have NVG to see if there are any residual markings unseen to the naked eye. Thanks, Al.

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I think it's normal, Al. Who's the maker?

 

I have a BM canteen cover with US on it written in pen. I've always wondered if it's original, but I guess it could have been done by a scout or something too...

Maker is MECo

 

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Hello ken88. The maker is M.W.&S. LTD. Martin Wright & Sons, LTD. The light colored areas on the front of the carrier where the US would be are wear spots from the canteen cup handle base, where the handle is attached to the cup. When I got it, the cup was so tightly wedged in the carrier that I had difficulty in removing it. The canteen is a S.M. Co. 1944. The cup is an A.G.M. Co. 1945, aluminum with a steel handle. It also has a rolled edge which I thought was done away with earlier in the War because it retained heat that burned the lips. Thanks, Al.

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Help! Need any information on this cover. It’s a miniature M1910 Collette Mfg cover dated 1944. One of the pictures you see the size compared to your regular M1910 cover. Been collecting for years and have never seen anything like this. Any information would be appreciated as I have searched the internet for days and came up with nothing. Thanks, fellow history lovers!

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Brian Keith

Interesting, the snap hanger is obviously added later. Looks to me like it the back seam and bottom was disassembled and resewn smaller for some reason. Do the seams from the inside look "factory"?

BKW

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3 minutes ago, Brian Keith said:

Interesting, the snap hanger is obviously added later. Looks to me like it the back seam and bottom was disassembled and resewn smaller for some reason. Do the seams from the inside look "factory"?

BKW

Yes, the inside seams look factory just like your standard M1910 does. The thought crossed my mind that someone took some covers apart to make a smaller cover but this doesn’t look “handmade” or put together. 

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19 minutes ago, Brian Keith said:

Interesting, the snap hanger is obviously added later. Looks to me like it the back seam and bottom was disassembled and resewn smaller for some reason. Do the seams from the inside look "factory"?

BKW

I should also mention that this came from an estate of a gentleman who was enlisted at the end of WW2 in the Navy. He later went on to be a pilot in the Korean War and taught combat training after the war at Fort Benning. 

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Now that is just plain strange. Does this mean there is a miniature canteen out there somewhere? 

Mikie

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BILL THE PATCH

Awe... Ain't it cute. Maybe being a pilot he had one made small to fit better in the cockpit While flying? Thinking out load that's all

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42 minutes ago, mikie said:

Now that is just plain strange. Does this mean there is a miniature canteen out there somewhere? 

Mikie

That’s what I’m wondering. I’ve seen and own enough canteen covers to be able to tell that this really doesn’t look like a civilian tampered cover. Very much looks manufactured. Has everything that standard cover does and the stitching too. So if this was manufactured then there had to be something that would go in it, right? 

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Just now, Doctorofwar said:

Looks like it might fit a 1 pint pilot’s flask.

So were those flasks a thing during the war? 

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14 minutes ago, BILL THE PATCH said:

Awe... Ain't it cute. Maybe being a pilot he had one made small to fit better in the cockpit While flying? Thinking out load that's all

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Maybe but I would think this gentleman would have had some pull to be able to make that kind of special request with Collette Mfg? 

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4 minutes ago, Alyx07 said:

So were those flasks a thing during the war? 

I’m not sure of the history behind them, all the pilots flasks I’ve seen have been OD plastic and dated relatively recently. Not sure if there was a metallic one issued that pre dated the plastic variety, or if this pilot carried a civilian flask.  Either way I have never seen a miniature canteen cover like yours- it was just a thought that came to me when you said it came from a pilot’s estate, and looking at the size of the item. 

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1 hour ago, Doctorofwar said:

I’m not sure of the history behind them, all the pilots flasks I’ve seen have been OD plastic and dated relatively recently. Not sure if there was a metallic one issued that pre dated the plastic variety, or if this pilot carried a civilian flask.  Either way I have never seen a miniature canteen cover like yours- it was just a thought that came to me when you said it came from a pilot’s estate, and looking at the size of the item. 

Yeah, I just looked up the flasks too and noticed they all plastic haha. I appreciate your thoughts though. 

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