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What is this box?

Sun Apr 13, 2008 05:33

I bought this off of our favorite internet auction site....

An interesting Galvanized steel box 21 inches in length by 15" wide by 13" deep.

Interesting stenciling on top of a red paint base. No indication of ever being OD. It has a 1903 "union Label" and copywrite stampings up to 1910.

Can anyone contribute to what this box is and when it was used.

Is Clipper the manufacturer?

Thanks,

Bill

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Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:16

Hi Bill,

I believe that this item is the WW1 equivalent to the MD Chest featured in our Article. Most examples which I have seen have had a stamped Caduceus on the side of them, and are typically all painted in this Red Oxide colour. Unforutnately, I don't have any additional information on the item, or indeed its contents; but I hope that the above will be of some use to you :)

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Ben :)
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Re: What is this box?

Sat Apr 24, 2010 01:36

I have one just like it and do not know anything about it either. Alicia :D :D mac

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Re: What is this box?

Sat Apr 24, 2010 10:42

Hi,
Just my two cents ...
I can confirm that this Chest is definitively a World War 1 item.
I however have no specific info as to its use or contents.

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Re: What is this box?

Sun Apr 25, 2010 06:03

I know of a US Army WWI Medical Dept. field desk, with the same paint, folded seam construction, hinge and hasp style and embossed markings. I would agree this a WWI version of the WWII MD chest.

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Re: What is this box?

Fri Apr 30, 2010 13:16

Hi WC 54,
your metal box named "surgical dressing" ambulance Co is WWI era.Par 955 is describe in Manual for Medical Department
1917.Very nice item from the Great War!!I have three wooden boxes for "food,ambulance box of" Par 947 and one "surgical dressings,ambulance box of" Par 954,but no one metal box.
The wooden boxes have weight loaded between 28 and 36 pounds,metal box between 90 and 93 pounds.
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Re: What is this box?

Sat May 01, 2010 03:09

Thank you very much for the information. I appreciate you taking the time to post the page from the manual.

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Re: What is this box?

Mon May 03, 2010 05:54

To Midical,
That is great information on the contents of the box in question. Does your reference book happen to have a listing of the contents for the steel Medical Dept Field Desk of the same era? If so it would be great to see it too.

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Re: What is this box?

Mon May 03, 2010 11:08

Hello PAdoc,
in my Manual for Medical Department 1917,two "desk field" are described.
DESK FIELD N°1 (weight 100 pounds) and DESK FIELD N°2 (weight 35 pounds)
You can see the listing of these two desks.
Good luck for the research of these items,mainly the blank form and army regulation manual!!
Have you one (or two!!)desk field??
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Re: What is this box?

Wed May 05, 2010 06:53

I am not sure WHICH desk it is; I didn't realize there were two. It belongs to a friend and we will look it over and see if there are any ID marks. I suspect from the contents list it is the #1 box. The contents list is a hugh help in getting this stocked properly. Thanks.

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