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Girl Scout Mess Kits

The earliest mess kits did not have any Girl Scout insignia on them and are not included here.

       





1934S
Only the khaki carrying case has the trefoil on it.




1938
The case is now green, but doesn't mention the trefoil. Images in the 1939-1940 GS catalogs show a hint of a trefoil on the carrying case, but it is vague.
During the World War II era ( late 1941 - 1945 in America)
mess kits were not offered in the GS catalogs except for 1945 when a steel version was offered. It did not appear to carry any insignia of Girl Scouting.






1946

Trefoil stamped on green twill carrying case




1954
Green Plaid carrying case appears




1962
Green Plastic cup appears





1971
Change in the plaid design on carrying case.





1976

Solid green nylon carrying case, trefoil on carrying case and clearly on handle of pan.




1979

Contemporary trefoil





1982

Blue nylon carrying case


1990

Black cup appears




2002

White trefoil and wording on nylon carrying case.
Not sure if it's just coloring error when printing the catalog.





2003

No trefoil or other GS insignia noted




2003

Table Set
Non-cooking Mess kit
Insignia on cup


The traditional mess kit (2003 version) was last seen in the 2013 Summer catalog.

 

 

Current Table Set/Non-cooking mess kit

 





Box cover




Early carrying case



Detail of the plaid fabric of the carrying cases.
Early mess kits had the design on an angle, later kits weren't,
but the design remained the same.






The quality and detail of the traditional trefoil on the handle varies






Trefoil on snap of carrying cases