Original Japanese WWII Aluminum Canteen in Ink Stamped Canvas Carrier with Maker Markings
Original Item: This is a nice totally original USGI bring back Japanese WWII aluminum canteen with original "Model A" Aluminum and cork stopper. This was the first type of stopper used with this model canteen, a carry over from the earlier smaller canteen, which was replaced by this model in 1930.
The canteen is arsenal marked on the bottom under the strap, and is stamped with 昭 / 九 , which reads Showa Jyu, or the 9th year of Emperor Showa's reign, 1934. This is quite early for a WWII canteen though, and the double buckle leather loop for the stopper was not introduced until 1940. It is possible that this is an earlier canteen that was then placed into a later carrier. Definitely some great research potential here.
The web harness is in good condition, with the expected fading and wear from being in long service. There are some faded ink stamp markings on the fixed end of the shoulder strap, which we unfortunately cannot read. The leather strap that retains the canteen and stopper is somewhat worn and shrunken, but it is still solid with no cracks, though it definitely is worn,
Overall a wonderful WWII era issue canteen offered complete with some great markings! Ready to research and display!
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