Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

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Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by d42jeep » Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:53 pm

I hit the Concord, CA flea market on Saturday and chanced on this 1941 Nesco can. I think I will leave the finish alone.
-Don
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by REG » Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:33 pm

Very nice galvanised can, congratulations.
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by d42jeep » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:08 am

Thanks, Reg. As nice as the '41 can was, I didn't feel comfortable using it for gas storage on the back of the Jeep due to some interior rust issues. I found this one listed on the auction site and it arrived today. It's a 1943 can with some patina but looks virtually new on the inside. Here are some pictures.
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by REG » Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:58 pm

Nice Arvin jerrycan - one of my favourites.

It has details on the handle unique to this manufacturer and the writing is more stylized and, I think, slightly larger
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by d42jeep » Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:45 am

Reg,
Thanks for the identification. Finally I have a vintage can that I'm willing to put gas in. I picked up a Christmas gift for the Jeep off of the auction site that arrived yesterday. It came from a seller in Georgia.
-Don
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by hell-fire » Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:56 am

Nice cans Don, a huge bonus is when they are clean enough to use them.
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by REG » Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:15 pm

d42jeep wrote:Thanks, Reg. As nice as the '41 can was, I didn't feel comfortable using it for gas storage on the back of the Jeep due to some interior rust issues. I found this one listed on the auction site and it arrived today. It's a 1943 can with some patina but looks virtually new on the inside. Here are some pictures.
-Don
Is the date under the handle or on the bottom?
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by lucakiki » Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:49 am

REG wrote:
d42jeep wrote:Thanks, Reg. As nice as the '41 can was, I didn't feel comfortable using it for gas storage on the back of the Jeep due to some interior rust issues. I found this one listed on the auction site and it arrived today. It's a 1943 can with some patina but looks virtually new on the inside. Here are some pictures.
-Don
Is the date under the handle or on the bottom?
On this particular can it is under the handle. In my experience, on gas cans this was done
only in 1943, only by some manufacturers.
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by lt.luke » Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:23 pm

lucakiki wrote:
REG wrote:
d42jeep wrote:Thanks, Reg. As nice as the '41 can was, I didn't feel comfortable using it for gas storage on the back of the Jeep due to some interior rust issues. I found this one listed on the auction site and it arrived today. It's a 1943 can with some patina but looks virtually new on the inside. Here are some pictures.
-Don
Is the date under the handle or on the bottom?
On this particular can it is under the handle. In my experience, on gas cans this was done
only in 1943, only by some manufacturers.
Sorry to detract from the awesome galvanized can, but I have a question based on Luca's comment.

What is the rarity and desirability of an ISN made 43 dated, under-the-handle-marked can? Useable condition but missing lid.

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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by Chuck Lutz » Fri Feb 05, 2016 6:10 pm

At least SIX mfgers chose to mark their cans under the handle in 1942 be they gas and/or water cans and several also did in 1943.
To answer your question about an N.S.I. '43 can....I have only ONE pic of that kind and I think that would, if we even HAD the production numbers for such a can, it could very well be one a collector would be interested in....again.... condition, condition, condition...
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Post by lt.luke » Fri Feb 05, 2016 6:29 pm

Chuck Lutz wrote:At least SIX mfgers chose to mark their cans under the handle in 1942 be they gas and/or water cans and several also did in 1943.
To answer your question about an N.S.I. '43 can....I have only ONE pic of that kind and I think that would, if we even HAD the production numbers for such a can, it could very well be one a collector would be interested in....again.... condition, condition, condition...
It says ISN, not NSI.

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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by d42jeep » Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:01 pm

I hit a Jeep oriented estate sale in Napa this morning and picked up my first water can. It's a 1944 Nesco and seems to be rust free on the inside. I was looking for the W on the exterior but I only found one under the handles with the rest of the markings. To answer a question posted above, my '43 can is marked under the handles as well. Here are a few pictures.
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by mudbox » Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:57 pm

Looks great Don. And, you seem to now have an unintentional NESCO can collection happening over there. Better collect them all! :lol:
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by lucakiki » Tue Feb 16, 2016 2:18 pm

Just to avoid confusion: barring the screw lidded 41 ones, ALL the Water cans , whatever brand, were marked on top, under the handle. No W on the side.

The marking of GAS cans on top, rather than on the bottom, is an exception that mostly happened in 1943.


This peculiarity makes them unusual, and possibly enhances their value. How much? I do not know.
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Re: Picked Up A '41 Can on Saturday

Post by d42jeep » Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:53 am

I found these items at an estate sale yesterday. Unlike my other cans, I am unable to find any markings whatsoever on this water can. Does anyone have any thoughts about a can with no markings? Thanks.
-Don
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