World War ll Navy Gas Mask Shop Display c.1940s
This is an original World War ll era Navy gas mask shop display with original store tag, red eye display, oxygen tank and original fabric carrying bag. The mask has retained its original finish and has the appropriate patina consistent with age and use. (Wooden hat mold separately on this site.)
- CREATOR Mine Safety Applications Company
DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1940s
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Rubber, Plastic, Metal.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 21 in. W 9.5 in. D 10 in.
Modern chemical warfare began on April 22, 1915, when German soldiers first used chlorine gas to attack the French in Ypres. But long before 1915, miners, firemen and underwater divers all had a need for helmets that could provide breathable air. Early prototypes for gas masks were developed to meet those needs.