Original U.S. WWII M1910 Canteen and Cup with M1942 Mounted Airborne Cover
Original Item: Very hard to find, this is one of the rarest of the U.S. WWII canteen covers. Originally designed as the M-1910 cavalry model, but was adopted by Airborne troops in WW2 since the carrier had an extra web reinforced belt loop incorporated beneath the belt mounting clip to facilitate the use of a tie-down strap to prevent movement during parachute descent.
Originally designed for use by cavalry troops, this cover has become closely associated with Airborne troops in recent years. However, it was actually designed for Cavalry- the official name in the US Army quartermaster catalog is "Cover, Canteen, M1941, Mounted". The cover is essentially the same as the M1910, except that the wire hook used to attach it to pistol and cartridge belts is reinforced with 5/8" webbing at the top and bottom. There is also a slot in the webbing that holds the hook allowing the cover to be worn on a regular trouser belt or attached to equipment without requiring the mounting eyelets.
Described in detail on page 64 of America's Finest by Gary Howard a publication on U.S. Airborne Uniforms and Equipment.
As used in the film BAND OF BROTHERS which was supplied by IMA Inc.
Also included are original M1910 Canteens with Cup. Dates and markings can vary on canteen and cup, as WW1 canteens and cups were reissued during WW2. Markings on all parts vary. These canteens covers are rare and will only increase in value in years to come!
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