Bulgarian Coconut Canteen - Identical to German World War II Canteen
Bulgarian Coconut Canteen
The Bulgarian Coconut Canteen is a WWII-era canteen from the Bulgarian Army. With the war raging during World War II, raw materials like wool were in short supply so the German army began to insulate their canteens with bamboo. After seeing how successful the German army was with bamboo insulated canteens, the Bulgarian army copied the design. Commonly referred to as the "coconut" canteen do to the fact that the canteen looks like a coconut from a distance.
Bulgarian Coconut Canteen
The Bulgarian Coconut Canteen is an authentic WWII-era canteen issued by the Bulgarian Army. Taking a page from the German army, the Bulgarian Army used pressed bamboo to line and insulate the exterior of their canteens. With the use of bamboo to insulate the canteen instead of wool fabric, the army could use wool for uniforms where it was both in short supply and necessary for production.
With the popularity of WWII re-enacting, this Bulgarian Army canteen is a must-have. While the issuance of this style of canteen began with the German Afrika Corps, it soon became the standard issue canteen throughout the remainder of the war. Now that we have imported a sizable number of these excellent WWII-era canteens, you can add several to your collection.
Authentic Bulgarian Army Canteen
World War II Era Design
Correct Look and Appearance for German WWII Re-Enactments
I bought 2 when they were on sale a few weeks ago and the 2 I received were in excellent condition, there were no chips in the bamboo at all They both have a nice smooth finish a little smelly on the inside but that's ok because I will be restoring one so I can use it and the other will be for display, one canteen was a little bigger then the other, and the corks are both still in the lid so it still seals pretty good, I'm very happy with this purchase these canteens are just awesome and for the price you can't beat it. Thank you Keep Shooting
plan to replace the gastket
Since these are old canteens without a cork stopper, plan to replace the rubber or cork gasket at the mouth. Mine didn't have any gasket at all - bought a suitable one from the hardware store and no leaks
Between Serviceable and Unserviceable
I received an item a little better than the stock photo, but I have to say that doesn't make it immediately usable. Like with all older canteens it does need a wash, but you better disinfect the inside just in case. The outside wood was dry, a little flakey on surface from age but a little sanding should help that wear down. (but don't do too much) If you can, I would coat with wood varnish to restore color and beauty of this item. The insides look clean, some metal spots from age, I have a tiny bit of rust under the cap base, I am going to try to get rid of that. Cork is dry but appears intact, cap is a little hard to screw on by design. I'd say if you really want something to use, you can buy this but you must expect some work. If not, it's just a collector's item. I'm not saying you can't use it, I just wouldn't without doing a few things first.