Historical information

Although manufactured in 1939 it may be possible that it was issued later during the Korean War (1950-1953) as the burn marks on the exterior sides may indicate the use of a hexamine stove which came into use by the Australian Army in the 1950's.


Representative of an army issued accoutrement from the Mid 20th Century which may have been used during the Korean War.

Physical description

Well used military mess tin (aluminium), larger one of nest of two (smaller one missing) with flip over metal (carbon?) handle secured to short end by metal loop and rivets.

Inscriptions & markings

Inscribed to metal loop fastening flip over handle to tin is the maker’s mark ‘C&B Ltd. 1939’ and arrow insignia for ‘Department of Defence’.