These larger medical canteens were of identical design to the standard M31 canteens but came equipped with a different carrying harness and shoulder strap assembly.
This is a near mint unissued example, with only storage wear preventing it from being truly mint. The bakelite cup has a maker mold mark, but no letter code or date, and the cap has the same maker mark. . The neck of the canteen and the inside of the wool cover are also marked ESB 41. The makers of canteens often did not use the German 3 letter system,
so this maker mark is in fact for Eduard Sommerfeld, Berlin
, made in 1941.
All straps, buckles and snaps are complete, with the large hanging hook on the back. There are some surface cracks and rippling to the leather in places, as it was not conditioned at all for 70 years. Excellent complete example of a very hard to find canteen.