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M1912 Squad Cleaning Kit, Interior Markings

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This is another version of the M-1912 squad cleaning kit. These do not appear very frequently, even on E-Pay. But I have seen 5 or 6 of with identical markings, even the exact same "orange-reddish" shade of paint.

 

The red paint that was used is very tough stuff, it is inpervious to moisture and solvents of all types. As you can see it was applied through a stencil or perhaps a silkscreen process. In this example the lettering faces opposite the US stamp on the kit box lid.

 

I suspect that these were surplus from the manufacturer(s), painted and sold to the civilian market. There would be no need to label them for the military.

 

I have encountered 5 distinctly different versions of the M-1912 kit:

 

A) Blued finish boxes, with no interior partition, usually made by "Climax".

 

B) OD painted version of above. (likely done after the blueing was worn)

 

C) Dark green partitioned box, doing away with the interior wooden block.

 

D) A "green/gray exterior finish, almost like a fine galvanized finish, also with partitions.

 

E) The type as shown below with the painted lettering.

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This is another version of the M-1912 squad cleaning kit. These do not appear very frequently, even on E-Pay. But I have seen 5 or 6 of with identical markings, even the exact same "orange-reddish" shade of paint.

 

The red paint that was used is very tough stuff, it is inpervious to moisture and solvents of all types. As you can see it was applied through a stencil or perhaps a silkscreen process. In this example the lettering faces opposite the US stamp on the kit box lid.

 

I suspect that these were surplus from the manufacturer(s), painted and sold to the civilian market. There would be no need to label them for the military.

 

I have encountered 5 distinctly different versions of the M-1912 kit:

 

A) Blued finish boxes, with no interior partition, usually made by "Climax".

 

B) OD painted version of above. (likely done after the blueing was worn)

 

C) Dark green partitioned box, doing away with the interior wooden block.

 

D) A "green/gray exterior finish, almost like a fine galvanized finish, also with partitions.

 

E) The type as shown below with the painted lettering.

 

 

That is not a stencil, but could be silkscreening. It almost looks like thermography which has a powder in the ink that melts under heat and produced a raised print, but I don't know if thermography is practical or even possible for this kind of metal case.

 

For those who have not seen the cases before, here's one of those described in "D" with the galvanized finish:

 

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I have seen these sell for over $400 with all the contents,



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