Become our sponsor and display your banner here
Results 1 to 3 of 3

M31 Canteen - help needed...

Article about: Hello Everyone! I'm brand new to this forum - actually somewhat new with WW2 items collecting as well (Hungarian & German items), only been collecting in the last 6 months, after I disco

  1. #1
    ?

    Default M31 Canteen - help needed...

    Hello Everyone!

    I'm brand new to this forum - actually somewhat new with WW2 items collecting as well (Hungarian & German items), only been collecting in the last 6 months, after I discovered some WW2 photos of my grandparents (Hungarian soilders on the Russian front).
    For now, I'm reading all the threads, very informative stuff on all subjects...I do hope to become a valued member, sooner or later

    I do have one question, maybe someone can help me here.

    I purchased a German M31 canteen recently, which is really in a nice shape. Felt cover, alloy canteen/lid and straps are all 1938, the black cup is 1937.
    However, there is a slight flaw...Of the 4 pushbuttons on the felt cover, the bottom one is missing (just the top part of it).
    Does anyone have an idea, how to replace it? Is there a place on the internet, where they sell these push buttons - originals or repro?
    The cover is in nice shape, no holes, etc. - would hate to replace the whole thing with some repro cover

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    I'm posting a couple of photos (sorry, not very good quality) - on the last one, the missing button can be seen.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC02144.jpg 
Views:	146 
Size:	192.1 KB 
ID:	422196   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC02145.jpg 
Views:	103 
Size:	194.2 KB 
ID:	422197  

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC02148.jpg 
Views:	71 
Size:	224.7 KB 
ID:	422198  

  2. # ADS
    Circuit advertisement
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Advertising world
    P
    Many
     

  3. #2

    Default Re: M31 Canteen - help needed...

    Fabe,

    This is such a nice piece overall I wouldn't worry about a small thing like that. It is what it is; besides, it MAY have come off in service. The wool covers can be subject to dry rot ( though yours LOOKS fine ), so it's best not to be snapping and unsnapping them if you don't need to to prevent stress around the snaps. I bought one of these online that was missing its cup which I subsequently replaced, so I understand the urge, but it's best in the long run not to "mess with" things - just enjoy it like it is!

  4. #3
    ?

    Default Re: M31 Canteen - help needed...

    James,
    Thank you for the reply. I think you're right...I'll probably will leave this as it is.

    The exact markings:

    Alu. cup: ESB 37
    Canteen: MN 38
    Canteen cup: MN 38
    Strap/Hook: Ritter Aluminium D.R.G.M 38
    Wool cover: first stamping is unreadable - second stamping 38 (I think)

Similar Threads

  1. 04-20-2012, 11:50 AM
  2. Canteen Help Needed....

    In Field Equipment And Accessories of the Third Reich
    08-09-2011, 06:28 AM
  3. Help needed with german canteen

    In Field Equipment And Accessories of the Third Reich
    05-21-2011, 11:20 AM
  4. Help needed with canteen please.

    In Imperial Germany and Austro-Hungary
    05-09-2011, 04:54 PM
  5. need help . canteen.

    In Axis Militaria
    09-13-2010, 03:13 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •