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Hello all,

Saw a couple threads here about Utensilienkasten. I would like to share a photo of one to see if you all could help me decipher the unit or anything else about it.

Imperial_navy_locker_box_ww1-3 (1).jpg

Thanks guys.

-Brandon
 

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2nd Werft Division, 1st Company (Wilhelmshafen) - the training division for the technical jobs on the ships.
WEHS is the Matrosen's last name
He was sailor number 173 in the recruit class of 1908

Congrats on the box.
 

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Mike,

Thanks for deciphering! What is the going value on a box like this?

I haven't traded for it yet.

-Brandon
 

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Hi Brandon,
These ditty boxes seldom come up for sale but I would expect them to go for $300.00 to $500.00.
Norm
 

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Norm,

I think I am going to take a chance on this one as it is below the bottom end of that price range.

Thank you, gentlemen. I will post better photos when I have it in hand.

-Brandon
 

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As promised, better photos:

IMG_20190928_170719.jpg IMG_20190928_170532.jpg IMG_20190928_170653.jpg IMG_20190928_170603.jpg IMG_20190928_170544.jpg IMG_20190928_170626.jpg IMG_20190928_170637.jpg IMG_20190928_170705.jpg

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Congratulations on the box, it's an excellent example.
 

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Ok, Yes..great example of....what was it for? How was it stored, how was it carried..it appears not to have a carry handle?

Imperial German Navy Utensilien Kasten


Ditty Box #6 - Vintage 1905-1918 WWI German Navy Standard Issue Regulation Ditty Box or "Eigentum Effecten Kasten or just Eigentum Kasten" (Personal Effects Box or Personal Box) Used Generally Throughout the Naval Services and Exclusively by the U-Boat Unterseeboot Fleet Due to the Lightweight and Small Size, Sometimes Called Naval Sea Chests or Sea Trunks.

Ditty Boxes were used by enlisted sailors and crew to store their most treasured personal possessions while at sea, as well as personal items needed on an everyday basis. Examples of these would be letters from family members, favorite photographs, other treasures found at various ports-of-call. Everyday needed items would be Forks, Spoons, Knives before the centralized mess, tobacco, smoking pipes, cups, razors, soap and tolietries, sewing kits.

http://www.thepirateslair.com/8-ditty-box-german-navy-3.html
 

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Ok, Yes..great example of....what was it for? How was it stored, how was it carried..it appears not to have a carry handle?
If you would like to learn more about these interesting boxes, I modestly suggest you read my thread which has the advantage of containing researched facts.

https://luger.gunboards.com/showthread.php?59329-Another-Utensilienkasten-(ditty-box)-surfaces

This earlier thread includes a number of photos of Utensilienkasten.

https://luger.gunboards.com/showthread.php?39938-A-Ditty-box-from-an-Unterseeboot
 
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