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WW1 British canteen MINT!

Article about: This is a fine British canteen in incredible condition , complete with canvas carrier. Markings are present as well as the original cork and wool covering around canteen itself. Opinions are

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    This is a fine British canteen in incredible condition , complete with canvas carrier. Markings are present as well as the original cork and wool covering around canteen itself. Opinions are much appreciated as far as any info or value.thanks,
    Dean.
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    Here's another shot of the inside of the carrier.
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    Last edited by Dean; 03-16-2013 at 03:41 AM.

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    Hi i think you will find the carrier is post war looks like dated 1973 and with a NSN and for the bottle it looks RAF most likely ww2 , i didnt know they were still issuing these that late on as the 58 patt webbing would have been in use then ,

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    So not ww1 ? That is what I bought it as. They fit together like a glove.
    Dean.

    -update-
    I did some research and this canteen appears to be ww1 British as I originally described. I also saw the same configuration in olive drab color, which leads me to believe this is navy. Any suggestions?
    Dean

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    Just out of curiosity, what is the difference between, say, a Korean War-era RAF water bottle and a WWII one or a WWI? Are they stamped on the bottle itself anywhere? Any dates? WWII, I know, the color went to green, but the RAF is supposed to have had a blue color?

    Maybe it's just my eyes, but it looks like a 1953 date inside the carrier and a 1973 date on the sling? The cover and strap are, of course, not the important part and could well have been mated to the bottle at a later date, but what are the checklist points for the bottle that distinguishes it? The stopper and string, though, almost certainly look like they've been replaced, as 100 year old cork and string don't generally look so soft and pliable and bright in color. A very interesting rig, though, in any case! Maybe one of the Brit equipment specialists here can shed some new light on it?
    William

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    Agreed William. I'm as puzzled as you. I did do a google images search for ww1 Brit canteen an this style seems prevalent . Also, I am not about to take the hand stitched wool cover off to look for marks. Someone must have an expert opinion on this forum regarding these. Thanks.
    Dean.

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    Dates on post-war and presumably WW2 bottles can be found on the bottom of the bottles. Inspection unfortunately involves the removal of the felt cover which is not recommended. The Felt covers were also a different shade during WW1.

    From memory you can also tell early bottles from wether or not they are of flush construction on the bottom or they have a flange. Others can confirm this. The RAF continued with blue bottles after the army went green. I have the dates of introduction of the green bottles and felt covers at home.

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    Thanks for the info. Also I think this configuration seems a bit outdated to be after ww1or ww2 let alone the 1970's!
    Dean.

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    As already stated nothing here is WW1 in date.

    Search "water bottle" (that's what we call them here ) on the forum and you will find more info.

    http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/equipm...bottle-216643/

    This site tells you all you need to know:

    Pattern 1937 Web Equipment

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Thanks Ade, much appreciated . Any ideas on value?
    Dean

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