‘41 Nesco - Is this Rare?

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‘41 Nesco - Is this Rare?

Post by privatebrian » Wed Feb 07, 2024 4:52 pm

Hi guys, I’ve been collecting for a while and have accumulated about 60 cans from auctions and flea markets. About half are WWII era, but I didn’t have any from 1941 until now. It’s made by Nesco, but what I haven’t seen before is that it appears to be galvanized (from what I see around the missing/peeling paint), and second there is a W stamp on each side, indicating water, but the lid is not a cam/flap style. It has a regular screw on gas type lid. Just wondering if this is how all were made in ‘41 or if it’s something unusual…
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‘41 Nesco - Is this Rare?

Post by Bangle 99 » Wed Feb 07, 2024 6:03 pm

Yes. Even here in the USA, galvanized 1941 dated Nesco water cans are becoming rare. If you scored it for $75 or less you really made out well. I scored mine for $20 less than three years ago.

And yes, the earliest water cans were made exactly like the gas cans except they were stamped with a W instead of a G. Many troops ended up with gasoline tasting water as a result. That’s the biggest reason the large cam lock style water cans were introduced in the US military.

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Re: ‘41 Nesco - Is this Rare?

Post by privatebrian » Fri Feb 09, 2024 1:09 pm

Thanks James!
I paid $5 for it. I’ll probably clean it up and put on a coat of OD. Appreciate the background info.
Brian

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Re: ‘41 Nesco - Is this Rare?

Post by Bangle 99 » Fri Feb 09, 2024 2:00 pm

You can leave it galvanized with no paint. That’s also correct.


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Re: ‘41 Nesco - Is this Rare?

Post by privatebrian » Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:31 pm

Didn’t know that…! Thanks


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