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Article about: Guide to British-made Aluminum Mess Tins (1936-1940) Although rectangular aluminum mess tins may strike the collector as a late development of Second World War, they were actually the origin

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    Here is another maker that has been a mystery to me until recently. M.M.S. made cutting-edge aluminum water bottles for the British Army in 1939, which were quickly abandoned for the standard enameled Mk VII due to wartime economy. With the introduction of 1944 Pattern web equipment at the end of the war, the firm made vast quantities of aluminum mess tins, water bottles and cups.

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    Maker Mark: M.M.S.
    Company Name: Midland Metal Spinning Company, Limited - Tower Works
    Location: Wolverhampton
    Dates Observed: 1939 & 1945
    Notes: The advertisement is from 1938.

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    Not exactly a mess tin, but here's another...

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    Guide to Canadian-made Aluminum Mess Tins

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    Maker Mark: A.G. LTD. - WEAR-EVER
    Company Name: Aluminum Goods, Limited
    Location: Toronto, Ontario
    “MADE IN CANADA” Stamp: YES
    Canadian Broad Arrow: YES
    Location of Maker Mark: Above the handle attachment.


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    Maker Mark: CCB
    Company Name: Coulter Copper & Brass Company, Limited
    Location: Toronto, Ontario
    “MADE IN CANADA” Stamp: NO
    Canadian Broad Arrow: NO
    Location of Maker Mark: Above the handle attachment.
    Notes: The additional picture shows factory of the forerunner of CCB, Coulter & Campbell, in the late nineteenth century.


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    Maker Mark: G.A. L’HOIR
    Company Name: Georges-Armand L’Hoir
    Location: Lévis, Quebec
    “MADE IN CANADA” Stamp: NO
    Canadian Broad Arrow: YES
    Location of Maker Mark: Front of the mess tin.
    Notes: The additional pictures show the ruins of the factory built by the Belgian businessman Georges-Armand L’Hoir in 1939 on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. Sadly, it was demolished in 2007.


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    Maker Mark: G.S.W.
    Company Name: General Steel Wares, Limited
    Location: Toronto, Ontario
    “MADE IN CANADA” Stamp: YES
    Canadian Broad Arrow: ???
    Location of Maker Mark: Above the handle attachment.
    Notes: The advertisement is from The Montreal Gazette - Nov 24, 1934. The additional picture shows the factory of one of GSW's progenitor firms.


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    Maker Mark: W.D.S. & CO. - DURO ALUMINUM
    Company Name: W.D. Shambrook & Company – Duro Aluminum, Limited
    Location: Hamilton, Ontario
    “MADE IN CANADA” Stamp: YES
    Canadian Broad Arrow: YES
    Location of Maker Mark: Bottom of the mess tin.
    Notes: The article is from a 1921 copy of The American Machinist, which describes W.D. Shambrook taking over Duro Aluminum, Limited.

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    Close-up of GSW stamp

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    Great work!!
    I have a mess kit "MMS" and I could not identify it, finally I know it now.

    Congrats
    Roberto

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    What a great thread on these bits of equipment that are so often overlooked. I bet for the individual soldier these mess tins were one of their most valuable items of kit. That and the tea mug.

    I can only imagine how much work went into gathering these examples and researching the makers. Thanks for sharing.

    Matthew

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