Original British WWI Vickers Machine Gun Water Can dated October 1917 - Petrol 2 Gallons

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Originally these WW1 Cans were manufactured to contain Petrol (gasoline) and are embossed on the top:


In short order, however, these were adopted by the Machine Gun Corp to be used as water condensing can with the water-cooled Vickers Machine Guns. The rapid Machine gun fire led to overheated barrels that were then liable to distortion so each gun was fitted with a water jacket as a cooling system.

The water reservoirs were connected by rubber hoses to these condenser cans so that stream would flow out of the jacket and into a partially filled water can condensing and could then to be poured back into the water reservoir and recycled.

At the start of WW1 Vickers MGs were equipped with canvas water buckets but these were soon found to be most unsuitable and these cans were soon adopted in their place.  This can is in very good condition for being 102 years old, and is stamped A.P.C / 10 17 on the side of the carry handle, indicating the manufacturer and date of October 1917. There is also a BROAD ARROW marking on the top of the handle, indicating military acceptance.

WWI dated Cans of this type are like Hen's Teeth: very hard to find today in any condition. This example, now painted light green, is in remarkably solid condition with paint loss on one side due to rust. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that it does not leak due to the age and condition.

Just perfect for a WWI fluted Vickers Display Set, ready to display!

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