The field bottle in the photograph is not for sale. It demonstrates how our cover looks on the original flask. You can assemble such a flask by yourself using the accessories that are sold in our store (cover, strap, lid, mug). Getting the original aluminum flask is still not a problem nowdays.
The material is brown felt. It has the right thickness and a carefully selected pale brown color. This is not woolen cloth, but felt. The cloth has a braided structure and does not stretch. Felt is a pressed natural pile, it can be stretched in any direction. That is why felt was used for round-shaped covers, and cheap copies can be made from similar cloth, do not get caught! The thickness is approximately 2 mm. Authentic "H.R.E. 35" ink stamp on the inside.
The buttons have a good deep "stars" on face. They are made of yellow metal like the originals, the upper part is painted black. On the inside there is an simple marking: stars (***), no modern inscriptions like "super star", "strong" or "xiao myao". These buttons exclusive production of "Replika" shop! We also sell buttons separately and have wholesale price for them.
The buttons are treated with special chemistry to give them an "old" look. They don't shine like new cartridges. Therefore, the cover can immediately be used in reenactment or in a museum, it does not look like a copy, it is difficult to distinguish this cover from the original.
On the early pre-war model of 1931, the peg is aluminum, riveted on an aluminum washer, with a leather gasket on both sides and with a piece of felt so as not to scratch the flask. So it was in the original. Black leather belt loops are sewn with black threads, this is the color of the threads sewed leather for the flask in the original before the war. It was only by the beginning of the war that unpainted threads began to appear on the flask covers. The edges of the leather are also painted black after cutting down the parts. Leather-lining (on the inside of the cover) of natural (beige) color.
How to install the cover?
The cases are delivered flat, and at first glance they may seem small or large (field bottles from different manufacturers are slightly different in shape). Before installing the cover, you need to wet it and pull it over the flask. Felt (wool) is a plastic material without a structure (hats of different shapes are made of it), it can be molded for any field bottle. Distribute the cover over the field bottle so that the leather straps and the peg at the bottom stand exactly in the center, do not be afraid to move and pull it, work as with clay or plasticine. To remove the folds or narrow the cover (for example, in the neck), it is enough to wet it with hot water and let it dry, it will cover the flask and take its shape.
A classic example of an early field bottle by the famous manufacturer Heinrich Ritter, the city of Esslingen, which produced many aluminum products for everyday life, tourism and the army, and also had a number of patents for them. We repeated such marks.
You can see more photos of this flask on the website of the antiques store fjm44.com.