In response to my post bragging about scoring a stainless steel GI canteen made by S.M. Co. in 1943 for a pittance at the thrift store yesterday, Chief says, "I've had my metal canteen since I was a kid. My dad gave it to me. Problem is, the cork is gone. I don't know where to get a replacement, maybe a thin piece of corkboard from the arts and crafts store?"
WWII reenactors are finicky about their cork replacements and buy them at vendors like Service of Supply, whose image I borrowed above. His product description:
G.I. Canteen Cap Corks. Replace rotten or broken corks in all G.I. canteen caps. Our corks are hand cut to fit tight. No need to glue it in. Put it in at an angle, then screw on the cap to drive it to the bottom of the cap. $0.40 each.
Bryan's email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back in the 90s, most of my guys (and gals) whose canteens they dredged out of the closet with rotting corks would just cut plugs out of a new bicycle inner tube. I'm sure other readers have similar improvisations.