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    The dates and initials seem to fit - the group of materials came through a cartridge collector - he purchased the group plus a large quantity of small arms from the family of a gentleman that was described as having owned a gun shop some years ago and had general interest in many things. The grenades were a big plus, it has been some time since I've seen an M34 available that wasn't a demil patch job, and I haven't come across a Beano in the wild for several years. Not sure if this was any sort of official desktop piece or a home done job, no plaque or markings.
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    http://www.sofmilitary.co.uk/us-ww1-...-product,19935

    I could find no reference for the tin ever being a cleaning kit. Maybe repurposed, but not as issued.
    My grandmother used one to hold some of her sewing supplies. Wish I'd inherited it.

    Just found this. See page 44

    https://history.army.mil/html/museum...upd_Jul09).pdf
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    As Slick said above the tin is a U.S. Model 1916 Bacon Can.

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    On the money. I honestly thought you were joking though - bacon was on the absolute bottom of my guess list. Thanks -
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    http://www.sofmilitary.co.uk/us-ww1-...-product,19935

    I could find no reference for the tin ever being a cleaning kit. Maybe repurposed, but not as issued.
    My grandmother used one to hold some of her sewing supplies. Wish I'd inherited it.

    Just found this. See page 44

    https://history.army.mil/html/museum...upd_Jul09).pdf
    Thanks for the link as well - great info on web/misc gear that I have little or no references on.
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    Went to a militaria show on Friday, picked up some nice Japanese trinkets, plus a couple of other items. The fuzes were the best part of the lot, some are getting very hard to find. The grenades are a bit strange. The black lump is an Iraq bring-back, a Mills bomb throwing dummy cast out of aluminum. There appear to be two Arabic characters on the side, but I have not been able to get them to show up well on a picture yet. It may take actual effort -
    I haven't seen a MK II body like this before, it has softer segments and a sharp and deep ledge at the top. No markings of any kind. I don't know if it is a variation, or an older fake souvenir grenade.
    I took the Type 97 grenade and the 50mm mortar because they are great examples of some of the worst Japanese ordnance cleaning I've ever seen. The mortar has sections of 2-3mm thick TNT still in place on the sides, the grenade looks as though it was washed out with acetone and then left to dry without emptying it - about a half cm of crystals completely covering the inside. I'm drafting an article for a journal on handling of recovered Japanese mortars, these will illustrate a couple of points very well. The Type 97 also has a brass tube instead of copper, I don't think I've ever seen that before either.

    The US 20mm is the first I've seen with this particular souvenir label - kind of interesting with the aircraft tie-in and all.

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