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    Post by Wgrenadier on Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:37 pm

    BRITISH MESS TIN DESIGNS

    By the start of the Second World War, a number of different types of mess tins were in use by British and Empire troops around the world.


    TIN, MESS, OLD PATTERN (front view)
    The D-shaped mess tin was introduced around 1814, towards the end of the Napoleonic wars, and continued in service until about 1938.
    British Mess Tin Designs A10



    TIN, MESS, OLD PATTERN (maker mark)
    This tin was manufactured in 1936 by Corfield & Buckle Limited of London.
    British Mess Tin Designs B10


    TIN, MESS, OLD PATTERN (inside)
    By the Great War, the D-shaped mess tin (of tinplated steel) consisted of a body with square-shaped bail and a lid with a folding handle.
    British Mess Tin Designs D10



    TIN, MESS, CAVALRY PATTERN (front view)
    Introduced around 1870, the circular-shaped cavalry mess tin survived well into the early part of the Second World War as an issue item of the Royal Air Force. This pattern of tin featured two sets of metal brackets for a leather strap to pass through, for attachment to a saddle.
    British Mess Tin Designs E10



    TIN, MESS, CAVALRY PATTERN (maker mark)
    This tin was manufactured in 1939 by Joseph & Jesse Siddons Limited of West Bromwich.
    British Mess Tin Designs F10



    TIN, MESS, CAVALRY PATTERN (inside)
    The cavalry mess tin consisted of a plate and a skillet with a folding handle, both made of tinplated steel.
    British Mess Tin Designs G10



    TIN, MESS, RECTANGULAR (top view)
    Approved in 1938 for use with the new 1937 pattern web equipment set, this new design was made to fit specifically into a pocket of the small pack and was constructed of aluminum with steel handles.
    British Mess Tin Designs H10



    TIN, MESS, RECTANGULAR (maker mark)
    This set of mess tins were made in 1939 by C & B Limited.
    British Mess Tin Designs I10



    TIN, MESS, RECTANGULAR (inside)
    The new pattern of mess tin consisted of an inner and outer body, both with folding handles.
    British Mess Tin Designs J10



    TIN, MESS, RECTANGULAR, MILD STEEL (top view)
    Introduced in 1940, the steel mess tin quickly replaced the aluminum version which had been withdrawn due to a drive for aluminum salvage.
    British Mess Tin Designs K10



    TIN, MESS, RECTANGULAR, MILD STEEL (maker mark)
    This set of mess tins were made in 1941 by the Metal Box Company Limited.
    British Mess Tin Designs L10



    TIN, MESS, RECTANGULAR, MILD STEEL (inside)
    Just like the aluminum version, the steel rectangular mess tin consisted of inner and outer bodies with folding handles. They were also tinned and featured pressed metal ribs on the sides.
    British Mess Tin Designs M10
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    Post by edstorey on Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:56 pm

    This example is Canadian and dates from 1913.

    British Mess Tin Designs CanadianCavalryMesstins-openJPG_zpsf081253d
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    Post by Wgrenadier on Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:05 pm

    edstorey wrote:This example is Canadian and dates from 1913.

    British Mess Tin Designs CanadianCavalryMesstins-openJPG_zpsf081253d
    Thanks for the great picture Ed! That is a terrific view of the leather mess tin strap that accompanied the cavalry pattern.
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    Post by edstorey on Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:29 pm

    Here are a couple of more images.

    British Mess Tin Designs CanadianCavalryMesstins-inCarrier-secondbuttonopen_zps8122bd94

    British Mess Tin Designs MesstinsshowingthreepiecesJPG_zpsb61aae05
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    Post by Wgrenadier on Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:16 pm

    Hi Ed,

    Fantastic pictures as usual! Is that Canadian-marked mess tin cover specifically for the cavalry style or is it an envelope cover for the D shaped mess tin?
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    Post by edstorey on Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:41 pm

    That is a Mounted pattern Messtin Cover.   Here is a Dismounted Pattern Messtin in a 1901 Naval Pattern Cover.

    British Mess Tin Designs 1901PatternMesstinCarrierwithMesstinsinCarrier_zpsa0fd36f7
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    Post by Wgrenadier on Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:52 pm

    Gorgeous...absolutely gorgeous naval cover Ed! I bought a reproduction of one to finish off a set of 1919 pattern navy webbing a while back...

    http://www.cdnmilitarycollectors.com/t2314-pattern-1919-naval-pistol-cutlass-webbing

    It's a very nice facsimile, but your original is amazing!

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