I've always liked these kits with your permission I'll take some photos and add mine, maybe we can start a little ref. thread here instead of separate posts if you like?
Thanks USNV5 for the link, very informative and the compliment, always nice to read.
Unterstand - Feel free to post any relevant pictures of these items " the more the merrier " a reference thread is always handy.
Very nice Eric!
Eric well worth waiting for. Never seen such a early piece before, these M87 mess tins have a quite different handle set-up. i.e. handle is completely detached from the lid, would you happen to know when the later mess tins with the fixed handle were introduced ? The aluminium one you show is in a terrific polished condition. On Friday I'm going to the military fair in Reichertshofen maybe I'll find one !
Between jan-april 1910 I believe to answer your question orders and issue always overlap the handle on the early kit also served as a hanging hook over a campfire for the boiler, the blighters are usually always missing which is a shame.
This zinced tin m15 set is made by Gebr.Bing A.G.Nürnberg '15 its probably my favourite because of the condition and the markings the matching zinc cup is dated '16.
Thanks for the information Eric
Great pieces Eric! I especially like the Bing transitional kit.
Your aluminum kit marked to the Dragoner Rgt.NR.18 is bare aluminum,as it should be. Typically, cavalry aluminum kits were not blackened, as they were stored in a leather carrier (Kochgeschirrfutteral) on the saddle.
Here are my early examples. Unfortunately, my photography skills are not as honed as Eric's.