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German Canteen Cover, 1 Liter
German Canteen Cover, 1 Liter

: $39.99


Product Description
1 Liter cover, with reinforced top Reinforcements at the top
and on the rear.
Prym brand snaps and original
binding cloth.

The best reproduction covers for larger 1 Liter WWII German Model 31 canteens. These canteens are sometimes referred to as "medical" or "tropical," but they also exist in the normal pattern with leather straps as well. These covers are slightly larger than the standard types and also have reinforcements on the back and around the spout where the base of the cup rubs.

Despite their apparent simplicity, these blasted things have taken years to recreate properly. Per square inch, they are at the top of the pain in the booty list.

The biggest obstacle was finding the correct wool felt. Once that was done, it was a matter of correcting the plethora of minor errors that every other reproduction seems to make.

First, the leather loops that hold the strap in place is made from the proper type, thickness and width of leather (not vinyl or PU) and hand stitched with linen thread- as opposed to machine sewn with bright polyester cord. Then the stud on the bottom has to be attached to a reasonably thick piece of scrap leather lest it pull through the felt during use. Lastly, the snaps are Prym brand in the correct size, not the chunky things that look like Big Macs. As a small touch, the gray binding used to reinforce the edge under the snaps is original WWII German material.

These fit original 1 liter canteen flasks. As of this point (2024) I know of no reproductions of those canteens. Yes, we have tested them, and they fit very well. Our recommendation is to wet the cover thoroughly, place it on the flask, then let it air dry to form it.