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Original U.S. WWII Rare M1942 Black Porcelain Enamel Canteen and Cup in Carrier

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Original Item: Only One Available. Early in World War II, aluminum was urgently needed for aircraft. Therefore, in 1942 stainless steel canteens were substituted for aluminum and alternative materials were investigated, such as plastic for canteens. Another idea for conserving the most valuable metals was to use a lower quality metal with a porcelain enameled coating.

The result was this, the M1942 Black Porcelain Enamel Canteen.  Unfortunately, this "experiment" was not successful at all, and there were numerous complaints from the field, as the chipped enamel inside from a dent would result in water contamination, and overall the canteens were just not very resilient. They were quickly removed from service, and replaced by the standard aluminum canteens that everyone is familiar with today. They are very scarce on the market, especially with the original carrier and matching enameled canteen cup.

This set is in very good condition, especially the canteen itself, which has no dents and only small chips in the porcelain enamel. It still has the original stopper cap, retained by the correct galvanized steel chain, though the washer is missing. it also has a very interesting metal bracket attached around the cap, which we cannot determine the function of.

The bottom is marked with a white paint stamp:

U.S.
REP
1942

REP represents the Republic Stamping and Enameling Co. (REP or R.E.P.Co.)

The cup is also matching Black Porcelain Enamel and the handle is dated 1942.

The canteen is held in a standard web carrier which is marked BRAVER BROS. MFG. CO. The carrier is well worn and shows damage (see photos). 

Overall this is a great complete rare canteen set, ready to add to your collection and display!

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