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WWII Haul from Antique Store: M1 Liner, German Mess Kit and US Canteen


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I visited a little antique store that I had been meaning look into for several years. I bought all this for thirty dollars. An afternoon well spent. German Mess kit is dated '43. Helmet liner is MSA... cracked and a little mashed on the side, which is a real shame.

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Nice finds! I never see this kind of militaria when I go looking for it.

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I was most excited about finding a divisional emblem on the liner, but it was in the worst shape of everything there. Looks like it had been kept in a barn or an outbuilding. Was heavily caked with dust... looked like bird poop inside, and something heavy had been placed on the liner, apparently as it rested on its side, because it has a couple of small cracks and is slightly elongated. According to the antique store owner, the helmet liner, canteen and German mess kit were brought in by a local older man whose WWII veteran father had passed away some time ago. The son who brought the gear in had no interest in military history, and was just trying to clear out his late father's house. I used a mild soap and sponge, along with some wet wipes to clean the dust and crap out of the liner. Straps and band are relic quality.

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