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1912 Dated USMC Canteen - Extra Cork?

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I love this canteen, very clean, just curious about the extra stopper. Looks like it has been there a long time.

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Hey Bryan, way back in the day I remember some extra new old stock corks being sold for Span Am canteens. I even picked one or two up. I think during the period these were often replaced when the old ones dried out, broke etc. There is a definite life span to these corks and as you probably know, the stopper was manufactured in a way that they could be replaced pretty easily in the field. A lot of times they shrunk. Maybe the one still on your chain and metal cap had shrunk to the point it doesn’t fit in the spout? If so maybe a previous collector just stuck one in the spout for display??


I am eagerly collecting Pre-WWII USMC material. Any Marine Corps Span Am era, WWI, Banana Wars, or China Marine related material is especially sought after.

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Hey Bryan, way back in the day I remember some extra new old stock corks being sold for Span Am canteens. I even picked one or two up. I think during the period these were often replaced when the old ones dried out, broke etc. There is a definite life span to these corks and as you probably know, the stopper was manufactured in a way that they could be replaced pretty easily in the field. A lot of times they shrunk. Maybe the one still on your chain and metal cap had shrunk to the point it doesn’t fit in the spout? If so maybe a previous collector just stuck one in the spout for display??

That makes perfect sense. Thanks Kevin!


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