WWII US BLACK PORCELAIN ENAMEL COATED CANTEEN M-1942
RARE 1942 AMERICAN BLACK PORCELAIN ENAMEL CANTEEN ORIGINAL
Manufactured by UNITED STATES STONEWARE Co. [USS] dated 1942.
This US canteen has a few small holes in it.
Enameled steel canteens were not used very long by the U.S. Army and have become collectible. During WWII U.S. canteens were normally made from stainless steel. As stainless steel became more expensive and was already in huge demand for the making of aircraft during WWII the military looked for ways to reduce costs and preserve metals in 1942. Their answer was a lower quality metal with a porcelain enameling which turned out to be a problem. Due to chipping of these canteen, causing concern about the quality of the water, along with the canteens being damaged easily the army was forced to return to the stainless steel variety previously used.
Records indicate that the U.S. Army manufactured enameled steel canteens from six manufacturers in 1942.
The manufacturers are:
VOLLRATH Mfg. Co.
SINGER Mfg. Co. [SM]
UNITED STATES STONEWARE Co. [USS]