Recreating History

Mess And Cooking Gear Props

The Mess kitchen in the field or mess hall.

We can provide it!

This is an original WWII mess kitchen during the 1941 fields maneuvers. It changed very little throughout the war. We can reproduce this exactly, twice.

Here is a portion of the display we put up at the Museum of the American GI.

This was a popular exhibit and was fully functional.

We set out many on the mess utensils as many have never been seen by the younger generation. Many were in used from the early turn of the 19th to 20th century and some are still used today,

The GI carried his mess kit and his silverware everywhere he went. We have quite a few sets.

This is from the Field Manual featuring the M37 stove. We have six of them, with burners.

There is a tool kit to keep these working.

It takes a lot to prepare a meal in a mess hall. This image was taken in the officers mess at Park Lane London England in 1944.

Here are some vintage kitchen utensils that are part of our collection.

Universal Cast Aluminum Manual Juicer L.F. & C.
(2 Available)

Many recipes call for exact measurements. You have multiply the weight for larger amounts.

To use these properly a set of weights must be on hand.

Original Field Manual images of measuring utensils.

Field manual image of one in use.

BICO Green Enamel Base Butter and Cheese slicers
(2 Available)

This is a Miller bun separator. It does what it’s name implies. It separates the breads dough into buns before they are baked.

Original image from Field Manual showing bun separator and other utensils.

This is said to be a butter dish. It was also used in barber kits to be used as a soap dish.

Food cans came very large when purchased for mess halls. It was necessary to have a large can opener.

Large Collator.

Many of the pans coming out of or near burners were very hot. This Deep pan gripper was used to prevent the burning of fingers.

Those this looks like a medieval torture device, it is really a docker. It is used to as a roller pin for dough.

This is a hand use juicerator . You can put an orange in it and press the juice out.

This is a dough cutter.

Wooden Butcher block cutting board found in all mess kitchens.

Original image from a field manual.

All mess kitchens had the popular muffin pan.

Nesting pots cot their name because they nested within each other for easy carrying.

This cooking pot was found in an old army mess. Its origin is unknown.

Potatoes were cut as quickly as possible with the use of a potato cutter.

These pitchers were used for many purposes. This one was used for syrup.

This water pitcher was GI issue marked US 1940  Vollrath Company.

Meat grinders were found in all mess kitchens.

Meat was often delivered in the whole on the hoof and had to be cut. A saw was part of the mess gear.

Merriment coolers were used to keep food hot or cold when being delivered into the field.

Food Insulating Container Merriment can model M-1944 with inserts

(4 Available)

Officers had to pay for their mess in the states. This is an example of the cost of meals for a month.