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Just 'saved' this Jerry can from a hot rod flea market... because I'd never seen one like this before.

 

Looking for info/significance and maybe find it a good (appropriate) home!

 

The paint - as you can see is many layers thick and peeling, but the can itself is very straight and solid. Even the lid seal seems fine.

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Seems it's a rare can, possibly made for USMC, a pic of a can with similar markings is shown on Olive drab website in an article on jerry cans.

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It's indeed a rare USMC can, with the German/British style closure. Nice find!

 

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The British/German type filler doesn't necessarily mean it is an USMC can, if it is it will be marked as such. Apparently a lot of the American screw type were converted post war for use in the civilian market.

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possibly made for USMC,

 

Found an OD article that says Marines is a common misconception - not made for USMC but by USMC - US Metal Container Co., though it also says that it's by USMC(Co) if it's in the manufacturers line on the underneath, yet 'for' the Marines if it's on one side at the bottom......? Still a little confused.

 

Have now seen a couple of pics/references to WATER cans like this. Still don't know how long this production lasted before adopting the large screw lid....

 

Would be interested to see how they were converted after the war ("'cause they leaked less than the screw type"!!). I can't see any patching around this one - unless the whole top was changed - which seems a little OTT as the top part is by way the most complicated part.

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The British/German type filler doesn't necessarily mean it is an USMC can, if it is it will be marked as such. Apparently a lot of the American screw type were converted post war for use in the civilian market.

 

That's true but these are easily identified because the original screw-type large mouth is modfied. This one has the German/British type in the middle from factory.

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Found an OD article that says Marines is a common misconception - not made for USMC but by USMC - US Metal Container Co., though it also says that it's by USMC(Co) if it's in the manufacturers line on the underneath, yet 'for' the Marines if it's on one side at the bottom......? Still a little confused.

 

 

There apparently are jerrycans made by a company named 'USMC' indeed, but those will most likely be marked as such on the bottom (and not on the side). The can the TS found was made by Conco, a main US manufacturer of jerrycans. The stamped marking on the side usually indicates the procuring agency that ordered the can (such as 'QMD'), and often 'USA' on the other.

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bought a new one of these last year at a local rally £7 ,saw one last week at the car boot too, funny enough both the same dark green

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The British/German type filler doesn't necessarily mean it is an USMC can, if it is it will be marked as such. Apparently a lot of the American screw type were converted post war for use in the civilian market.

 

For reference, this is a standard WW2 US can converted post-war with a German/British style closure. It's clearly visible how the large mouth has been filled in. This coversion seems to have been very common in France.

 

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