Very nice example of the early M-1910 seamless spun aluminum canteen. This is the type manufactured by AGM (Aluminum Goods Manufacturing Company), and involved a patented process where the canteen was spun on a lathe. This one features the original German silver safety chain, and World War I style fluted cap. As you can see, the neck does not have the chain ring, but instead the improved pin and block system that became standard on all WWI and later canteens. The canteen remains in good condition, showing signs of age, use, and wear.Minor surface scratches are evident. Please see the pictures for more detail. Guaranteed 100% authentic in every respect for life. Be sure to see our other listings for more historical antiques and militaria. Be sure to follow our store as new inventory is added daily. Army Infantry Equipment Board introduced a completely new set of field equipment. The changes included a new one quart canteen, made of aluminum, to be issued with a nesting cup and canvas duck cover. This basic design became standard and remained, with evolving components and materials, the standard for the rest of the 20th Century. In 1909, the Infantry Board ordered prototypes of a new design canteen and nesting cup. 300 sheet tinned steel canteens and cups to be manufactured by Rock Island Arsenal (RIA), and. 500 aluminum (also spelled aluminium) canteens and cups to be manufactured by The Aluminum Goods Manufacturing Company (AGM). These canteens were sent out for field trial. In 1910 the board decided to adopt the aluminum canteen; the first production canteens were made by AGM in sets with the nesting cups. Although the AGM design was considered superior, AGM held a patent for the process of manufacturing one-piece aluminum products (seamless, "spun" on a lathe) which made them an expensive and inflexible source. By 1911 the Army was actively investigating methods of manufacturing canteens that would not require paying royalties to AGM for their patented spinning process. By 1912 Rock Island Arsenal had developed a satisfactory technique of welding aluminum canteens. Production was approved and in 1913 RIA began production of canteens from two halves that were welded together around the outer edge, easily distinguished by their vertical seams.
The top was a tube with screw threads for the cap, swaged onto the neck of the canteen body. Even after RIA production began, from 1913 to 1917, aluminum canteens continued to be produced by AGM with the original design, for National Guard and other markets, including a 1916 contract using the "spun" method. The early canteens had a flattop aluminum cap, about 3/4-inch high that used a neck ring to attach the brass cap chain.In 1914 Rock Island developed an improved neck design that eliminated the neck ring and replaced it with a lug that secured the cap chain with a small pin. Several variations of the aluminum cap were produced, changing from a smooth, flat top (with knurled edge) to a domed cap with fluted vertical side ribs to make it easier to open.
Other small variations in production canteens can be identified, throughout the history of the aluminum canteen. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW I (1914-18)\Original Period Items\United States\Personal, Field Gear". The seller is "historical_antiques" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.