World War II Finds

Last weekend while visiting a craft market, a man was selling World War II relics. It’s been a while since I’ve seen anything like this being sold, but this man had quite a few items. There was a canteen, two mess trays and assorted bottles.

We think this is a Japanese helmet:

And a dog tag. I’m not sure this is complete – so it might be one that was thrown away:

This knife appears to be WW I vintage. It would be interesting to know how it got here!

And a US helmet?

And this little treasure is one we couldn’t resist buying. It appears to be the fuel tank ID plate from a Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat fighter plane.

And for a friend, we purchased this WW II Coke bottle from 1944. Both green bottles and clear ones like this can be found here. Through an internet search we discovered that the clear bottles were bottled for the US military. I wonder who downed this Coke?

World War II artifacts are protected by the Solomon Islands Government and we will need to get a permit to take the bottle and fuel tank ID tag out of the country.