Wartime British “Tins, mess, rectangular” half mess tin manufactured by N.C. Joseph, Limited in 1939.
Britain sent a large amount of military equipment to Finland during the Winter War. Included were these mess tins, which consisted of two almost identical halves. According to period photos, it seems that these mess tins were mostly issued in Continuation War one half per man, which is why they are usually found like this in Finland nowadays.
The mess tin is in good condition. There are some small dents, but no holes.
The mess tin has the manufacturer’s stamp: N.C.J LTD It also has the War Office stamp with year 1939.
See photos for details.