British Mess Tin Designs

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    British Mess Tin Designs

    Post by Wgrenadier on Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:37 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.




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



    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.




    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.




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




    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.




    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.




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




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




    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    Introduced in 1940, the steel mess tin quickly replaced the aluminum version which had been withdrawn due to a drive for aluminum salvage.




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




    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.

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    Mounted Pattern Messtins

    Post by edstorey on Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:56 pm

    This example is Canadian and dates from 1913.


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    Re: British Mess Tin Designs

    Post by Wgrenadier on Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:05 pm

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

    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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    Messtins

    Post by edstorey on Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:29 pm

    Here are a couple of more images.




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    Re: British Mess Tin Designs

    Post by Wgrenadier on Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:16 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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    Cover

    Post by edstorey on Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:41 pm

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


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    Re: British Mess Tin Designs

    Post by Wgrenadier on Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:52 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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