Early 20th c. S.S.L.E Hurwitz Alemeda Calif. Life Perserver c.1940



World War II era life preserver from a Safety, Security and Law Enforcement  vessel called the L.E. Hurwitz in Alemeda, California.

  • CREATOR Unknown
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Foam, canvas, paint
  • CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS H 23" in. x W 23" in. x D 4" in.


Life preservers, or personal flotation devices, take two main forms– those that are worn, and those that are tossed. They are known by many names, including kisby rings, Mae Wests, life buoys, perry buoys, cork jackets and life savers. That last name is perhaps the most pertinent, since they have indeed saved many thousands of lives.

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