The following two pictures showing the markings have come from the fantastic Belgian website www.abbl1940.be. Unfortunately the website is completely in Flemish (I speak a little so I am able to navigate my way around the site).
This equipment was made in the United States by the Mills Woven Cartridge Manufacturing Company. This is indicated by the ‘Mills 1915’ marking. This is of course opposed to a ‘M.E. Co.‘ marking which would have indicated UK manufacture. In the UK Mills Equipment Company at that stage of WW1 were far too busy on British Army orders.
Last Edit: Dec 16, 2009 6:53:13 GMT -8 by leighm25
This second (and I believe later manufacture) set is also on display at the Belgian War Museum. Note that this set has pebbled snaps unlike the 1915 dated set shown above which has the Belgian Lion (Leo Belgicus). The pebbled snaps lend me to believe that this set is of a later production. However I have no way of confirming that as I cannot see the markings.
Here are the first of the pictures I promised showing Belgian M1915 equipment. Water bottle and carrier. Inside the carrier, you can see the MWCB bullet logo, but the date is obscured by a soldier's number. The bottle is aluminium, in a well mothed wool cover. Note the rear vertical strap, which passes through a loop on the horizontal. This allows it to mount on the Linneman tool carrier.
I will post some images of the markings on the shoulder straps and pouches.
This appears to be a nice clean set of shoulder straps, ammunition pouches and belt rear. The images are from an ebay sale some years ago. The seller elected to withdraw the set for sale - unknown why, but it disappointed me greatly.
Last Edit: May 14, 2017 5:49:08 GMT -8 by grantsmil