K014681 MESS HALL/FIELD KITCHEN SERVING PLATTER. (Kantine/Feldküche Dienstplatte)

BACKGROUND: As with any nations military the Germans had garrisons and barracks to house and care for its troops when they were not in the field. Following the old adage that, "an army runs on its stomach", one of the major concerns and main benefits of military life was the guarantee of three "square" meals a day. When in garrison/barracks these meals were served in mess halls that had to be outfitted with enough cutlery and flatware to serve the number of personnel stationed there. The Kriegsmarine also had the added responsibility of outfitting the galleys on all sea going vessels such as Submarines, Battleships, Destroyers etc.. The procurement and distribution of provisions/rations was the responsibility of the Marineverpflegungsamt, (Navy Provisions Office), and regulations authorized each sailor a daily food ration. Although regulations dictated the daily quantity of rations issued to each sailor it became more and more difficult to meet the requirements as the war continued and any food became a valuable commodity.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 4.5cm tall, 41cm long, 27cm wide, fire glazed, white, oval, stoneware serving platter with a recessed center and raised outer edges. The bottom of the plate has the black, print under glaze, manufacturer’s name "Johann Haviland Bavaria 1941", and a black, print under glaze, Eagle over "M", indicating Kriegsmarine issue.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $238.00

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