Nesco variant

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Robin
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Nesco variant

Post by Robin » Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:50 pm

Picked this up today. Galvanized Nesco but the year stamp is incomplete. Only the 4 is there. Thought it was different.
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41 M3 37mm A/T gun
42 M1A1 75mm pack how
43 MBT trailer
43 WC52
43 WC62
44 Chevy 1.5 ton
44 MZ2 USMC radio Jeep
44 RL35 reel cart
44 K38 trailer
43 K52 trailer
43 M3A4 handcarts(8)
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43 Columbia bike

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Re: Nesco variant

Post by Klaas » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:09 am

Possibly 1944.
I have seen US cartridge head stamps form some manufacturers with just the "4" as a date; after 1943, they did not make a new stamp but ground off the "3" and just left the single 4 to indicate 1944.
This could be the same kind of thrift to save a couple of bucks on a new stamping tool...
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Re: Nesco variant

Post by Hammerhead » Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:32 am

Neat variation. Klaas' theory sounds like the Germans where some of their K98 manufacturers used just a 4 instead of 44 in 1944 to save time. Thanks for posting the picture of this interesting Jerry Can.
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Re: Nesco variant

Post by Robin » Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:50 am

The problem with the 1944 guess is that the can is galvanized..that makes it 1941 or early 42 at the latest.
41 M3 37mm A/T gun
42 M1A1 75mm pack how
43 MBT trailer
43 WC52
43 WC62
44 Chevy 1.5 ton
44 MZ2 USMC radio Jeep
44 RL35 reel cart
44 K38 trailer
43 K52 trailer
43 M3A4 handcarts(8)
M1942 USMC handcart
M1917 Litter Carrier
M1917 Ammo cart
43 Columbia bike

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Re: Nesco variant

Post by Klaas » Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:01 am

Are you certain about that they did not make galvanised US cans later in the war?
I have a British jerrycan (RTMP 1943) which is also galvanised from new, so the practice did happen later, but maybe not in the USA.
Don't know the reason for galvanising the cans, but it saved them from rusting out so they can still be used for fuel 75 years later.
How is that for durability. :D
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Re: Nesco variant

Post by D.R.H. » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:37 pm

I purchased this '41 Nesco from Robin about a year ago. I painted it with galvie friendly primer 1st., then red oxide and Acrylic Laquer 34087. It is in great shape in and out. It is possible that the numeral "1" was missing from the embossing die. I get a photo of the bottom tomorrow.

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Re: Nesco variant

Post by mudbox » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:36 am

Here's an image of my '44 dated NESCO can. You can see that the second 4 is a different font/size. Like it was stamped at some other time.

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If the can is galvanized, it's probably from '41. Here's the bottom of my galvanized '41 NESCO can:

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