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Early War 1942 Dated Vollrath Enamel Canteen
A very fine example of the scarce enamel version of the World War II American military canteen. The enamel canteen was manufactured early in the war as a means of conserving aluminum, which was a strategic resource needed for aircraft. However, the enamel version of the canteen was both unpopular with the troops and problematic as a piece of military gear since it was prone to chipping and breakage that could lead to contamination of the water. As a result, the enamel canteen was discontinued in the same year that it was introduced and the military returned to the aluminum canteen. This example is in very good used condition. The cap chain has surface rust and there is a spot of rust on one edge of the base of the canteen, but otherwise the canteen is in very fine condition.
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