Well I took the 1915/16 Canadian Army Bell tent to the cottage where there was room to set it up, took more time than I thought as I did not know the height, I bought a 10 foot 4X4, cut it in half to fit the SUV and started the job.
The info I have is that these tents came in 8, 9 and 10 foot heights, however mine turned out to be 12 feet high!!, so it is a little short in the photos! It also turns out that most of the wooden pegs and the mallet are 1915 marked also, however I did not use them.
The top of the inside of the tent, where the pole goes is very different than I have ever seen, this has a "cup" with a rope guide to fit the pole into, the tent is well marked with a very large C Broad Arrow above the door as well as a makers mark on the bottom flap.
I also saw, as I took it down a very faint marking that was written on by Soldiers sometime in the past that states "Kings Own Mess" the kind of thing we did when I was in the Canadian Army
Of all the things I have in both my collection and my hoard, this has a very special meaning, of the 10s of thousands made here in Canada, this is probably the only one left, I was at Canadas National Military Museum this past week as I donated parts to restore a WW2 Beaufighter, my reward was both a private tour of Aircraft not on display, and I could "play with them" ( they have the only known WW1 Forker low lever bomber with corigated metal wings ect", and a 20 page list of other things they need to restore the Beaufighter and another Aircraft, I do have some of it at least!! However they told me that the National Museum does not have one of these tents!!
If they would agree to set it up for a display, I would donate it..but I don't think that will happen, so I will continue to try to find this a proper home