I purchased a Medical Chest at an estate sale. Someone had recently spray painted the whole thing a greenish color. You can still smell the paint on the inside. After carefully stripping certain areas of the chest, the color I found is O.D. and these are the markings I found; Top - 100 lb 5.5 cu ft in a circle, many other markings unreadable. Front- control, other markings unreadable. Left side - Caduceus decal, MD, X-4. Right side - STK NO 9608810, DIOKER, Caduceus decal, MD.
You can see on the inside of the lid a piece of paper had been scraped off before it was spray painted, it also reads, The Verplex Company Essex Conn. The chest has numerous holes which I am assuming are from supports that used to be there to hold something in place. You can still see the imprint and the 4 holes on both sides where the leather handle brackets used to be. They were replaced with the metal D ring style.
I am guessing this is an early war chest that was re-worked, re-painted, re-numbered and re-used later in the war?