Original RARE U.S. WWII US Cavalry M4 Gas Mask With Pouch and Canister Carriers for Horse Gas Mask
Original Items: Only One Set Available. Even without the actual gas mask, these items are still extremely rare and scarce to come by. In 1941 and 1942, the U.S. government issued the M4 gas masks for the horses being used in service. Surprisingly enough, this set still has the actual mask! Horses in the Cavalry and Pack Mules were not as common in WWII as they were in WWI, making the Horse Gas Mask all the more rare. The mask carrying case is in near mint condition with only minor staining to the canvas and minor staining around the brass fittings and buckles, leaving a greenish residue. The leather straps and buckles are in perfect working order and condition, displaying no damage or paint loss to the buckles and bales.
Measurements of the bag:
Width: 12 inches
Height: 11 ½ inches
The left and right leather canister carriers are in similar condition to the leather on the canvas carry bag for the mask. The leather cases show minimal use with minor cracking due to age. The leather is still soft with no tears or holes with all stitching still intact. The brass fittings used to attach the buckles, clips and rings have some oxidation present, leaving the surrounding leather surface a greenish color. The leather top tie down string is still present on both the left and right carrier and are in perfect working order.
Measurements for leather carriers (same for L&R):
Width: 5 inches
Height (closed): 14 inches
The mask itself is in good condition and does not appear to have seen much use, however, the rubber hoses were cut where the connection is made to the canisters.
The reason for these items being so scarce is that they were barely used outside of training scenarios and in the event they were brought overseas, the soldiers would usually discard them due to their size.
Items such as these seem to disappear daily from history, and in time will soon be forgotten. Give yourself a daily reminder of what these brave men, women and animals went through in the past by adding this set to your collection. It would truly be welcomed in any gas mask, cavalry or equestrian collection!
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