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Closed Mess Kit


Title Closed Mess Kit
Description United States Army Model 1910 meat can. This mess kit was a standard issue item for American soldiers during World War I. Designed to be multi-functional, soldiers used the cover as a plate, while the base served as a frying pan. Each soldier carried a mess kit in his field pack. Complaints from soldiers stating the plate was too small, led the army to make the plate one-half inch deeper in the new Model 1918 version.
Site Accession Number 1994 029 0016
Contributing Institution Missouri History Museum
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