World War 1 & 2 I & II Aluminum Mess Kits & Silverware
Picture #2 is a vintage World War 1 Mess Kit. The handle is marked U.S. TUSA. Only the 19 8 is visible on what I think should be 1918. The mess kit is made of aluminum and the arm and hinge are galvanized steel. The older style mess kits had the flat lid that could also be used as a plate.Picture #1 is a vintage World War 2 mess kit. The handle is marked U.S. E.A. Co 1945. The unit has the plate divided into two sections so food could be separated. The folding handle, when closed, fits into the groove formed by the divider. The ring on the plate was moved to the end of the groove so the lip of the handle fits right into it. The entire mess kit was made of "corrosion resistent" galvanized steel, not aluminum. Picture #3 is a vintage World War 2 mess kit. The handle is marked U.S. M.A. Co 1944. The unit has the plate divided into two sections so food could be separated. The folding handle, when closed, fits into the groove formed by the divider. The ring on the plate was moved to the end of the groove so the lip of the handle fits right into it. The meat can was made of "corrosion resistent" galvanized steel and the plate (bottom) is made of aluminum. The canteen cup has a metal strip handle that folded around the cup itself. The marks on the strip are U.S. E.A Co 1943. It is made of aluminum. It was intended to hold hot liquids or boil water. When the metal strip is folded out it prevents burns. The canteen originally nestled inside the cup and then into the canvas carrying pack. A slot in the lip at the end of the handle is just the right size to slip in one of the pieces of silverware so you can lift the canteen cup off the burner securely without burning yourself. Not sure if this aluminum measuring cup is of the same era but the galvanized steel handle seems to match the rest of the gear. The measurements on the side of the cup are � cup - 2 oz, � cup - 4 oz, � cup - 6 oz, 1 cup - 8oz. Stamped on the bottom is a 1 over a 63 (see picture). U.S. stamped silverware consists of 2 spoons, 1 knife and 1 fork. The spoons and knife are made of stainless steel and the fork is aluminum. They are used with scratches and wear. They are in good condition for collecting, use or display. Email with questions. Shipping is calculated below. I combine shipping. Check out my other auctions and my store, A Forgotten Treasure, for more great deals. Certain images/photos incorporated into this template are the royalty free property of Northwestern University Library.
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