Original U.S. WWII Army Air Corps Emergency Sustenance Type E-17 Kit - Unissued

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Officially known as United States Army Air Force "Kit, Emergency Sustenance, Type E-17". Colloquially called a 'personal aid' kit this contained escape and evasion equipment/food in two separate waterproof ethyl cellulose plastic flasks designed to fit into a small olive drab canvas pouch separated by an Emergency Signaling Mirror/1 signal mirror (ESM/1). A list of the components and directions for use is printed on the side of each container. Contents were broadly packed in two categories - 'general' and 'medical'.

The general kit originally contained 3 x bars of chocolate; 2 x packets of bouillon powder; chewing gum; 10 x double edged razor blades; fishing hooks and line; leader; a small compass; sewing kit; hacksaw blade; condoms; sharpening stone and some matches in a cylindrical plastic case. While this kit appears to be complete we have not opened it to do a full assessment, although there is some deterioration evident.

The medical kit contains sulfanguanidine; halazone water purification tablets; atabrine; salt tablets; benzedrine; sulfadiazine; adhesive compress; sulfanilimide; a tooth brush; adhesive tape; iodine; tweezers; opthalmic ointment and eye ointment. The contents would appear to be complete (as far we can tell).

Both flasks have some wear, discoloration and distortion but remain in good overall condition.

The ESM/1 mirror is included.

The canvas pouch is in very good condition.

A very nice near complete survival item from WW2!
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