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WWII US Army / US marine Corps Black Enamel Canteen -

The canteen was an iconic image for the GI during World war Two. A symbol of life saving water. Even thought the design was basically the same, the US armed forces employed a variety of canteens throught the war. You had the basic model , the paratrooper model , there was also a plastic canteen and cavalry model.

The item featured here is a US canteen. Of black enamel finish over an aluminum body. A black hard plastic cap with a chain to anchor it to the body was present. The cap had ridges for better grip. A round cork gasket could be found on the inside.

This particular style fo canteen was manufactured and Issued for a very short time in 1942. All known examples have this date stamped. Some sources state that the WWII black enamel canteen was issued to US Marine Corps forces exclusively. we cannot confirm or deny that.

The date (1942), manufacturer's name (Vollrath) and "US" are marked with white letters at the bottom of the canteen. It is important to note that not all of the canteens may have had the same number or type of markings.

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This WWII US military collectible may be currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

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Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $80.00 $80.00 $100.00 $100.00 $135.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
Invest Grade B B B B B

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