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Question WWII Japanese mess plate/tray???

Article about: Hey guys, I just got this mess plate. Not sure if it's Japanese WWII or not? Does anyone know anything about it? I tried looking for info on it but maybe it's not Japanese?

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    Default Question WWII Japanese mess plate/tray???

    Hey guys,

    I just got this mess plate.
    Not sure if it's Japanese WWII or not?
    Does anyone know anything about it?
    I tried looking for info on it but maybe it's not Japanese?
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    No luck?
    Any ideas where to look to find info on it?

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    Nothing I recognise?

    Any markings?

    Cheers, Ade.
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    This is not a typical Japanese food implement. It is Western in style. I am moving this to the Japanese Forum where you are likely to recieve a more educated response
    BOB

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    I agree with Bob. After looking around .... it sorta looks like the ones in the attached photo.

    Here's the caption:
    Eating in the mess hall, Apr. 6, 1942, Santa Anita Assembly Center, California.

    Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, Ctrl. #: NWDNS-210-G-B400, NARA ARC #: 537029, WRA, Photographer Clem Albers

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    Thats it , brilliant Guy !! a super link
    REGARDS AL

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    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    Found another.

    The major difference between this and yours are that this lacks the stacking detents/buldges on yours ... and has US markings on the reverse.

    --Guy

    Edit: Also, this one has a flat rim, whereas yours is lipped to assist stacking.

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    Guy , either way , they are from the USA , yes ? Just minor adjustments to the design . Could be some were made for the masses in a canteen
    and the others for individual ownership , just a thought
    REGARDS AL

    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    Quote by Alan M View Post
    Guy , either way , they are from the USA , yes ? Just minor adjustments to the design . Could be some were made for the masses in a canteen
    and the others for individual ownership , just a thought
    Al,

    I cannot say for certain that Danger's mess plate is US-made ... but it sure looks so. I did a google search using "sectional mess plate" and "divided mess plate", etc., but only ever saw the three-sectional aluminium plate with USA attribution. Saw other chinaware sectional dishes that were European, but nothing Japanese.

    I've tried to recall what was used in the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force's mess when I visited the Intelligence School for a week, and when I was on a command post exercise (Joint-CPX "Yama Sakura") for two weeks (two different years) ... but I just cannot remember what sort of plates/dishes were used.


    --Guy

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    Wow thanks guys, I will check for markings when it arrives.
    I only paid $5 all up for it.
    I had a funny feeling it wasn't Japanese but because it was so cheap i thought why not.
    will use it for camping

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