WORLD WAR TWO RESTORATION PRODUCTS -
CRATE STENCILS:
Nothing makes a WWII display or reenactment-site look more accurate than having piles of equipment and crates piled around.
Advancing Armies consume tons of food and ordnance - every day. Crates were and are very common on the battlefield. An
advancing vehicle is often piled with everything that the Soldier, Sailor or Marine needed for a period of prolonged detachment
- crates of food and ordnance. And when the crate was emptied, it was used for storage, turned into furniture, filled with earth
and rock to create a fighting position and then lastly to mail home souvenirs.

After many years of research and development, restoring individual items for the museum collection - and after many requests
by fans, QuestMasters has decided to offer restoration supplies for the historian, re-enactor and enthusiast. The following
crate stencils have been digitally rendered from original examples in the museum collection.
Each crate set will include: sides, lid stencils and dimensions of the original crate, as each had been delivered by the
Quartermaster Corps or Ordnance Corps during WWII.
Replica crates can be easily created from reclaimed wood from modern wood shipping pallets.


If there is a stencil or product that we can make for you: WWI, WWII, Home Front, Korean Conflict or Vietnam Conflict, for
example - just ask! email: questmasters@hotmail.com
Additionally, if there is a specific date, lot number or manufacturer that you are trying to match on a crate, this custom work
can also be done at no charge! Just ask for it with your order.

No original or replica ordnance is for sale on this page. All ordnance pictured is BATFE compliant, inert.
Allied and Axis crate markings were both mechanically or hand applied during World War Two. The United States Woman's
Ordnance Workers (WOW's) shown here at Raritan Arsenal, Metuchen, New Jersey are applying repackaging markings to .50
caliber crates using a stencil card and paint.
These crates contained .50 Caliber Armor Piercing M2, Frankford Arsenal Lot 644 (1942) and Tracer M1, Frankford Arsenal 622
(1942)

How crates were originally produced: First, the Government of the United States would award a contract for a specific type of
ordnance, food or equipment. The ordnance, for example, would be manufactured by an Ordnance Works then delivered to a
Ordnance Plant for assembly. A Lumber Mill would create the specified crate and ship it to the Arsenal or Ordnance Plant.
Then, the crate would be marked with the contents, as specified by the Ordnance Corps. The color of the crate, markings and
size of characters were specified for shipment and delivery from the factory to the Army or Navy. The font however, varied
from Arsenal or Ordnance Plant, as noted on original existing examples of WWII crates. A factory draftsman would design the
font and then it would be machine-paint ink-rolled or applied with a stencil card. The font from one Arsenal or Ordnance Plant
will not necessarily match another factory on the other side of the United States, but the markings, placement and colors were
very consistent for identification of the contents of the crates.

The following stencils have been individually digitally rendered from original crates. Each original stencil has been measured
and rendered using the most accurate font and symbols.
Each stencil kit will include the dimensions of each piece of original wood that each crate was constructed from so that you
can create an accurate replica.
How original markings were applied:
STENCILS SETS FOR SALE:
How they work and what we offer: stencils or paint-mask are machine-cut on adhesive backed vinyl paper, ready to apply as a
paint masking. You will be sent a fully cut non-weeded stencil (inner and outer part of letter, number or character).
Why? Because of the variations of painting application by the restorer. See the "How To" to apply your stencil:
"HOW TO"
Shown below are examples of what is currently available. Don't see something listed? Email us for a quote:
questmasters@hotmail.com
Lot numbers and dates can be changed to match whatever you would like.
Stencil C100:
The original WWII U.S. Army Field Ration C crate, shown left,
does not have any manufacturer markings. Only the end of
the crate is marked.
The replica, Stencil C100, is shown above. This kit contains
only the end stencil.
U.S. Army Field Ration C,
8 Rations

$10 set or 3 sets for $25
HOW TO ORDER:
WWII ENGINEER AND EXPLOSIVE CRATES:
Super easy! Send us an email: questmasters@hotmail.com
In the email, state which stencil you want, by the above Stencil Number and how
many. We will respond with your total and shipping costs (international orders are
welcome). Each stencil is currently custom cut, so if you require a specific Lot
Number or Date, please let us know. This service is being done to help the
enthusiast (you) help preserve history!
Most crate stencils are $10-20 a set and can be ordered in larger quantities for a
discount. Shipping in the United States is normally $5 with international shipping
available.
Payment is by PayPal only. Once the payment is received, the stencil will be cut
and mailed within a day or two.
Thank you!
One of the most recent questions from those ordering stencils is "what paint do I use"? For black, used on Armor Piercing
and Black Stencils, I use Krylon Flat Black. For white stenciling, I use Krylon Flat White.
For other colors, I use a product developed by TM9 Ordnance Products and sold by Midwest Military
https://www.midwestmilitary.com/. They produce the most accurate Lusterless Yellow, which is perfect for early ordnance or
the yellow stencil itself, Semi-Gloss Munitions Cans - for the .30 and .50 caliber ammunition can and Olive Drab #8 which is
what I use on all of my WWII U.S. ordnance.
Model Masters "Big Bad Blue" No. 28127 is the closest match, from a spray can, to WWII Practice Blue.

For German ordnance colors, go to
https://www.1944militaria.com/
WHAT PAINT DO I USE?
Signal Corps Photo SC273148, 93rd Quartermaster Dump, 5th Army, near Maddaloni, Caserta Italy,
November 1st 1943 (via National Archives, College Park Maryland), shown above.
WWII RATION CRATES
Stencil C101:
The original WWII U.S. Army Field Ration C crate, shown left,
was recovered from Bastogne Belgium in the late 1990's by
QuestMasters.
The crate is marked on the side to the original
manufacturer: Phillips Packaging Company Inc., Cambridge
Maryland, and dated January 27th 1944.

The replica, Stencil C101, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes the side and end stencil.
U.S. Army Field Ration C,
8 Rations

$10 set or 3 sets for $25
Stencil C102:
The original WWII U.S. Army Field Ration K crate, shown left,
was mailed back to the United States from France during
WWII.

The crate is marked on the side to the original
manufacturer: Kellogg Company, December 1944

The replica, Stencil C102, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes the side and end stencil.
U.S. Army Field Ration K,
12 Rations

$10 set or 3 sets for $25
Stencil C103:
Original WWII Air Crew Lunches crate, shown left.

The crate is marked on the side to the original
manufacturer: Charms Company, December 1944

The replica, Stencil C103, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes the side and end stencil.
Air Crew Lunches, 80, December
1944

$10 set or sets 3 for $25
Stencil C104:
Original WWII Assorted Fruit Drops Candy crate, shown left.

The crate is marked on the side to the original
manufacturer: M. Anklam, Saginaw Michigan and dated on
the front May 1945. The corners of the crate are painted
with green triangles for Quartermaster Corps Class III
(Ration items) for overseas shipment.

The replica, Stencil C104, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes the side and end stencil.
Assorted Fruit Drops Candy,
400 Rolls, 1945

$10 set or 3 sets for $25
Stencil C106:
Original WWII Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar crate, shown left.

The crate is marked on the side to the original
manufacturer: Hershey Chocolate Corporation, Pennsylvania
October 1944 for 384 Milk Chocolate Bars. The corners of
the crate are painted with green triangles with black stripes
for Quartermaster Sales (Ration items) for overseas
shipment.

The replica, Stencil C106, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes the side and end stencil. The paper
label in this kit is provided as a stencil.
Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars,
1944

$15 set or 3 sets for $40
Stencil C105:
Original WWII Smoking Tobacco crate, shown left.

The crate is marked on the side to the original
manufacturer: Pennsylvania Tobacco Company, September
1943 for 100 packs of 2oz Kentucky Club brand Pipe
Tobacco. The corners of the crate are painted with green
triangles with black stripes for Quartermaster Sales (Ration
items) for overseas shipment.

The replica, Stencil C105, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes the side and end stencil.
Smoking Tobacco, 100 2oz
Packs, 1943

$15 set or 3 sets for $40
WWII ORDNANCE AND MUNITIONS CRATES
WWII GRENADE CRATES:
Stencil C107:
Original WWII Hand Grenade Mk.II and Mk.IIA1 crate, shown
left.

This crate is one of the earliest Hand Grenade Crates of
WWII, produced during the first year of war.

The original designation of the fragmentation (defensive)  
Hand Grenade developed during WWI was the Mk.I. This
design failed before WWI concluded.
The next design, the Mk.II is identifiable by the lead filling
screw at the bottom of the cast grenade body, utilizing the
M10A2 fuze. These grenades were painted ordnance yellow.
The crate shown here started out in production as the Mk.II
with M10A2 fuze but has been re-marked with the new
production variation of the fragmentation Hand Grenade the
Mk.IIA1 with M10A3 fuze. The Mk.IIA1 had a solid bottom
without a filling screw. Production started with ordnance
yellow painted grenades transitioning to olive drab with a
yellow band during 1943.
The earlier markings have been painted over in black paint
with the new October 1942 markings applied.

The side stencil is separated in two sections so that a steel
banding strap can be attached to the crate for shipment.
The stencil is separated so that no markings are obscured
when the band is attached.

The replica, Stencil C107, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides and both end stencils.
Both the Mk.II M10A2 and Mk.IIA1 M10A3 stencils are
included in this kit.
Grenade Mk.II or Mk.IIA1, 1942

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C109:
Original M-14 Incendiary Hand Grenade Crate, shown left.

This crate was manufactured in January 1943 and contained
25 Incendiary (Thermite) M-14 Grenades with M200A1 Fuzes.
The crate has the grey with blue corner markings for
Chemical Warfare Service overseas shipping.
The side stencil is separated in two sections so that a steel
banding strap can be attached to the crate for shipment.
The stencil is separated so that no markings are obscured
when the band is attached.

The replica, Stencil C109, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides and both end stencils to
include the Chemical Warfare Service insignia.
Grenade Incendiary M-14, 1943

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C111:
Original M-21 Practice Hand Grenade Crate, shown left.

This S4GGA crate was manufactured in August 1944 and
contained 25 Practice M-21 Grenades with M10A3 Fuzes.
The crate has the blue band across the center and on each
end support denoting practice munitions.

The side stencil is separated in two sections so that a steel
banding strap can be attached to the crate for shipment.
The stencil is separated so that no markings are obscured
when the band is attached.

The replica, Stencil C111, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides, lid and both end stencils
to include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
Grenade, Practice M-21, 1944

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C112:
Original M9A1 Rifle Grenade, High Explosive, Crate, shown
left.

This S4NBC crate was manufactured in August 1945 and
contained 10 M9A1 High Explosive Rifle Grenades and
boxed cartridges in three different calibers.

The side stencil is separated in two sections so that a steel
banding strap can be attached to the crate for shipment.
The stencil is separated so that no markings are obscured
when the band is attached.

The replica, Stencil C112, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides, both end stencils and
lid, to include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
Rifle Grenade M9A1 HE, 1944

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
WWII MINE CRATES:
Stencil C113:
Original M1A1 Anti-Tank Mine, High Explosive, Crate, shown
left.

This R7AIA crate was manufactured in October 1943 by
Elwood Ordnance Plant, Juliet Illinois and contained 5 M1A1
Mines and 5 M1A2 Fuzes. M1 and M1A1 Mine crates were
natural wood with black stenciling from the beginning of
production through the Autumn of 1943. From the Autumn of
1943 to the end of WWII, the stenciling changed to ordnance
yellow paint.

This side stencil is not separated in two sections for the
provision of a steel banding strap for shipment.

The replica, Stencil C113, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides, both end stencils and
lid, to include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
Mine M1A1, Anti-Tank, HE, 1943

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C114:
Original M1A1 Anti-Tank Mine, High Explosive, Crate, shown
left.

This R7AIA crate was manufactured in October 1943 by
Elwood Ordnance Plant, Juliet Illinois and contained 5 M1A1
Mines and 5 M1A2 Fuzes. M1 and M1A1 Mine crates were
natural wood with black stenciling from the beginning of
production through the Autumn of 1943. From the Autumn of
1943 to the end of WWII, the stenciling changed to ordnance
yellow paint.

This side stencil is separated, on this variation, in two
sections for the provision of a steel banding strap for
shipment.

The replica, Stencil C114, is shown above, painted in the
pre-Autumn 1943 paint scheme of black paint.
This stencil kit includes both sides, both end stencils and
lid, to include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
Mine M1A1, Anti-Tank, HE, 1943
Split-Stencil Version
$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Original WWII M1 and M1A1 Anti-Tank Mines, above photo.
The above display was made using original WWII R7AIA crates manufactured Elwood Ordnance Plant, Juliet Illinois. The
original M1 and M1A1 Mines are the practice version, restored by QuestMasters as the High Explosive version using the
stencils that are available here:
Restoration Supplies
WWII SMALL-ARMS AMMUNITION CRATES:
WWII LARGE CALIBER AMMUNITION CRATES:
Stencil C119:
Original 57mm Recoilless Rifle, Smoke Shell T23, Crate,
shown left.

This 57mm Shell crate was manufactured in March 1945 by
Picatinny Arsenal, Dover N.J. and contained 4 Cartridges of
57mm T23 (White Phosphorus) Smoke Shells. The 57mm
T15E9, re-designated the M18, Recoilless Rifle was
operationally introduced to the battlefield in early 1945 and
saw service in both Europe and the Pacific. This crate is for
the T23, or Test designation version of the early production
shell that was later be designated the M308, White
Phosphorus Smoke Shell.

This side stencil is separated in two sections for the
provision of a steel banding strap for shipment.

The replica, Stencil C119, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes side, both end stencils and lid, to
include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
57mm Recoilless Rifle, Smoke
(White Phosphorus), 1945
$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C121:
Original 81mm M56 High Explosive Mortar Shell Crate,
shown left.

This R4FLB Crate was produced by G.R.B.H., Rockford,
Illinois in November 1944 for 2 rounds of 81mm M56 High
Explosive Shells, made by the Iowa Ordnance Plant,
Burlington Iowa, December 1944. The round was used in the
81mm M1 and 3 inch Mk1A2 Mortar.

This side stencil is separated in two sections for the
provision of a steel banding strap for shipment.

The replica, Stencil C121, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes side, both end stencils and lid, to
include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
81mm M56 Mortar, HE, 1944

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C122:
Original 4.2 Inch Chemical Mortar, Smoke, White
Phosphorus, with M-6 Propellant, shown left.

This crate originally contained 2 rounds of 4.2 Inch Chemical
Mortar White Phosphorus Shells with M-6 Propellant. This
crate was produced August 1945.
The crate has the grey with blue corner markings for
Chemical Warfare Service overseas shipping.
The side stencil is separated in two sections so that a steel
banding strap can be attached to the crate for shipment.
The stencil is separated so that no markings are obscured
when the band is attached.

The replica, Stencil C122, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes side, both end stencils and lid, to
include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
4.2 Inch Chemical Mortar, Smoke
(White Phosphorus) 1945

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C123:
Original Pentolite 50/50 Explosive Crate, shown left.

This crate Pentolite 50/50 Explosives Crate was produced by
the Radford Ordnance Works, Radford Virginia, April 1944.

The replica, Stencil C123, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes side and end stencil, to include the
Ordnance Corps insignia.
Pentolite Explosive Crate 1944

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C117:
Original .50 Caliber Incendiary M1 crate, shown left.

This .50 Caliber Incendiary M1 crate (red/yellow band) was
produced by Twin Cities Ordnance, Minnesota, Lot 18209 in
1943.

The replica, Stencil C117, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides, both end stencils and
lid, to include the Ordnance Corps insignia. The stencil kit
does not include the red/yellow markings, these can be done
with masking tape.
.50 Caliber, Incendiary M1, 1943

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C118:
Original .50 Caliber Armor Piercing M2 crate, shown left.

This .50 Caliber Armor Piercing M2 (blue/yellow band) crate
was produced by Saint Louis Ordnance Plant, Missouri, Lot
8361 in 1942.

The replica, Stencil C118, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides, both end stencils and
lid, to include the Ordnance Corps insignia. The stencil kit
does not include the blue/yellow markings, these can be
done with masking tape.
.50 Caliber, Armor Piercing M2,
1942

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C115:
This replica .30 Caliber Crate T1EDV with 1344 Cartridges of  
Armor Piercing M2 in 8 Round Clips, in Bandoleers, was
produced by Saint Louis Ordnance Plant, Missouri,
Repacked Lot 91361.

The replica, Stencil C115, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides, both end stencils and
lid, to include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
.30 Caliber, AP M2 in 8 Round
Clips, Bandoleers
$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C116:
This replica .30 Caliber Crate T1EGK with 1500 Cartridges of
Ball M2 in 5 Round Clips, in Bandoleers, was produced by
Twin Cities Ordnance, Minnesota, Lot 19262 in 1943 and
Repacked January 1944.

The replica, Stencil C116, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides, both end stencils and
lid, to include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
.30 Caliber, Ball M2 in 5 Round
Clips, Bandoleers, 1943
$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C108:
Original M-14 Incendiary Hand Grenade Crate, shown left.

This crate was manufactured in December 1942 and
contained 25 Incendiary (Thermite) M-14 Grenades. The
crate has the grey with blue corner markings for Chemical
Warfare Service overseas shipping.
The side stencil is not separated in two sections for a steel
banding strap to be attached to the crate for shipment.

The replica, Stencil C108, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides and both end stencils to
include the Chemical Warfare Service insignia.
Grenade Incendiary M-14, 1942

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C110:
Original Mk.IA1 Training or Practice Hand Grenade Crate,
shown left.

This S4MAA crate originally contained 25 Practice Mk.IA1
Grenades. The Mk.IA1 was a solid cast-iron training grenade
that did not contain any moving parts or explosive element.

The side stencil is separated in three sections so that two  
steel banding straps can be attached to the crate for
shipment. The stencil is separated so that no markings are
obscured when the band is attached.

The replica, Stencil C110, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes both sides, lid and both end stencils
to include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
Grenade, Practice Mk.IA1

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
Stencil C120:
Original 60mm M49A2 High Explosive Mortar Shell Crate,
shown left.

This R4CAC 60mm High Explosive Mortar Crate was
produced with a black stencil, Lot Number WC-94-182, by
Newton Brothers Lumber Company, Tuscaloosa Alabama,
October 1944.
A similar crate in the QuestMasters Museum collection was
produced with a yellow stencil, Lot Number WC-94-162, by
Morton Box Company, October 1944.
Either yellow or black stenciling on natural wood are correct
for this time period.

This side stencil is separated in two sections for the
provision of a steel banding strap for shipment.

The replica, Stencil C120, is shown above.
This stencil kit includes side, both end stencils and lid, to
include the Ordnance Corps insignia.
60mm M49A2 Mortar, HE, 1944

$20 set or 3 sets for $50
The next most common question is: "How do I apply the stencils and paint the stencils"? Each stencil set will be shipped to
you in a machine-cut sheet. Using a ruler or straight-edge with a utility knife, cut the stencils into small blocks for application.
Placement of the markings, even in the original WWII factories, varied from crate to crate - so there is no "exact" correct
location, unless they were machine-applied in the factory. Lot Numbers, dates and weigh markings were often crooked on
original crates. Remember, these crates were made for transportation and were expendable afterwards.
Early crates were painted in various shades of Chocolate Brown. In 1943, most manufacturers started delivering crates in
natural unpainted wood, although brown painted crates were made through 1945.

Normal house-paint can be mixed and used to paint the crate and for the stencils. Shown above is a foam brush used to
lightly apply several coats of paint to apply the stencil. Spray paint can also be used to paint the stencil.

It should be noted that stencil markings were often sloppy on original crates, so don't be too critical if your stencil is slightly
messy - the originals were as well!
HOW TO APPLY STENCILS AND PAINT: