sorry for the sideway pics - no idea why it happend - maybe an admin can fix it? THX!
I have 5 or 6 that are American and from the 50's.
The one on my jeep was given to me by a friends father
who found it at the dump and knew I was doing a
restoration. Just happened to be a '42 - made
the same year as the Willys.........
The quality is the same as they are nearly identical, the swapping around of the jerry cans was fairly common
Here is the only petrol can in my collection and it is a 2 gallon 'flimsy' can. I restored it last year, as it was in pretty poor shape.
It has a War Department Broad Arrow and is dated 1935. The lid reads "PETROLEUM SPIRIT HIGHLY INFLAMMABLE" and the brass cap is marked "PRATTS" for Pratt's Motor Spirits. I don't know if the lid originally went to this can, but it is interesting to note that in 1935 the Anglo-American Oil Company replaced the brand name Pratt's with Esso, to align with other products such as Essolube, Essolene, etc.
The bottom of the can is marked "VALOR 11 35", which denotes that the can itself was made by the Valor Company, Limited of Birmingham in November 1935.