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WWI or WWII canteen ?

Article about: Picked this up yesterday , just like to know what era . Also is the full webbing around it normal ? It is wet so that explains why it is so dark . Thank for the help . Annoyed from this ads?

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    Thanks Karkee, excellent section on waterbottles. I have another variation from India which instead of being in gloss enamel is in a matt sand paint and is of very poor qualiy. If i remember I will take a photo tonight. Its manufactured in Calcutta in 1940 if I remember correctly.

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    Hi Warspite,

    I would love to see pictures of your 1940 Indian-made waterbottle!

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    Karkee

    This is the water bottle, it's marked 'Metal Box Co, Calcutta, 194?

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    I'm guessing it should have a woollen cover, I've got one somewhere if I can find it.
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    Hi Warspite,

    Phenomenal waterbottle, thanks for posting the pictures! I hope I come across one like that some day

    I've seen Indian-made mess tins as well as brass fittings on Indian-made webbing stamped by the Metal Box Company, Calcutta as well.

    -Mike

    P.S. - That is not a waterbottle that I would drink from... lol

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    Thanks, it was 50p on a car boot sale and my wife asked me why I wanted to waste my money on another rusty old water bottle!

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    Another couple from my collection. This is a standard Mk VII, but the carrier is from the 40 pattern cavalry webbing:

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    And this one is one of the aluminium water bottles introduced in the late 30s, this one is dated 1939. These were dropped early in the war to save aluminium. The carrier is a 1941 dated 37 pattern example:

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    Hey Warspite,

    Two more great examples...thanks for posting!

    There were a lot of interesting variations used in the Great War as well.

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ID:	631670Here's some pics of my possibly mixed version !,
    John.

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    Hi John,

    Thanks for the pictures! It looks like a great unissued RAF waterbottle (possibly Korean War era) and a wartime sleeve-type carrier of British manufacture. Interestingly, mess tins were also carried in this type of carrier. This is seen in many pictures of Canadian troops serving in Europe.

    -Mike

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    Hi Mike,
    many thanks for the info, much appreciated,
    regards,
    John.

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