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kammo-man

Here’s a named waterbottke cover that has a blood group and a skull with crossed bones painted on it.

Paint is vintage.

Has name stencil to front and Name with service number painted to rear.

Cover has what appears to be organic material throughout.

An interesting flea market find.

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manayunkman

Could be 504 PIR they used this symbol on their helmets 🪖 

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pararaftanr2

The red skull and bones is also a symbol for "poison", so maybe the canteen was used to carry fuel for a camp stove or the like and this was to prevent confusion with water? Just a thought.

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Fratlanta
2 minutes ago, phantomfixer said:

the positive negative on the bottom is odd too...cool though

the + -  signs make me think of a battery. Maybe it was used to carry distilled or deionized water for batteries - just a thought

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FriarChuck

Could it have contained sulfuric acid for batteries? The battery and poison connections make a lot of sense.

 

Friar

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Fratlanta
6 minutes ago, FriarChuck said:

Could it have contained sulfuric acid for batteries? The battery and poison connections make a lot of sense.

 

Friar

 

 

Sulfuric acid cannot be stored in an aluminum container because sulfuric acid dissolves aluminum metal. The following equation shows the reaction:

2 Al (s) + 3 H2SO4 (aq) → Al2(SO4)3 (aq) + 3 H2 (g)

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Fratlanta
25 minutes ago, kammo-man said:

Thanks to all for the info maybe that’s why the canvas is rotted ?

if the equation is correct, you'd form hydrogen gas in the canteen .  probably not a smart thing to do. the canteen would just blow up because of the pressure and if it did not, you'd have an extremely flammable gas being released when you open the canteen (think Hidenburg)

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FriarChuck
5 hours ago, Fratlanta said:

 

 

Sulfuric acid cannot be stored in an aluminum container because sulfuric acid dissolves aluminum metal. The following equation shows the reaction:

2 Al (s) + 3 H2SO4 (aq) → Al2(SO4)3 (aq) + 3 H2 (g)

 

I wasn’t sure if the canteens were made of steel or not. Figured my guess might not be right based on the metal. Thanks for the science! Giving me flashbacks to college Chem.

 

Friar

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pararaftanr2
2 hours ago, kammo-man said:

Can the name be researched?

Is it "Don Smith"? If so, there are over 2,000 results on Fold3.com, even after narrowing it down to "WW2" and "US Army".

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JerryTheGerman

Looks to be but that is such a generic name that you’d be better off finding a needle in a haystack 

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