Original Japanese WWII Aluminum Canteen in Canvas Carrier with Model B Wood Stopper - dated 1941
Original Item: This is a nice totally original USGI bring back Japanese WWII aluminum canteen with original "Model B" wood stopper. This type of stopper replaced the earlier metal and cork version, and was made of a soft wood plug with a hardwood top. These are rarer to see, especially in nice intact condition with all the harness.
The canteen is arsenal marked on the bottom under the strap, and is stamped with 昭 / 十 / 六 , which reads Showa Kyu Roku, or the 16th year of Emperor Showa's reign, 1941. The numerals are somewhat overlayed, so they can be hard to read.
The web harness is in good condition, with the expected fading and wear from being in long service. The leather strap that retains the canteen and stopper is somewhat worn and shrunken, and has a repair. It is no longer attached to the harness to avoid breaking it.
Overall a wonderful wartime issue canteen offered complete and dated. Ready to add to your collection!
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