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Original German WWII Named M30 1st Model Gas Mask with Filter and Can - Dated 1937 / 38 / 40

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an very condition model M30 G-Maske or Gasschutzmaske (Gas protection mask), complete with an original Filter and Carrying can, all bearing original markings and WWII era dates. It even still has the original spare lenses, and is one of the best examples of this type of mask that we have had. It also has a fabric label sewn onto the can carry strap indicating that it was issued to Meyer. There is some white stitching on the neck strap for the mask, which may have been where another label was located.

The model M30 was first issued to troops in 1930, and the mask was produced from rubberized canvas with a soft suede leather frame which fitted around the wearers face. The elasticized straps fit over the head and were tightened by means of sliding the web straps through metal buckles until the mask was as tight as the user could stand it - ensuring a good air tight seal. Another strap would be placed around the user's neck and if the mask was not in use it would rest on the chest should they need it in a hurry. Markings on these gas masks were usually stamped under the suede frame, which makes them somewhat hard to see.  Under the left side there is a Waffenamt inspection mark, and there are other numerical markings on the inside. Unfortunately the suede leather and edge of the mask has become very hard and brittle, so we were not able to locate the maker markings. Some of the suede has already broken off and been lost over the years.

German WWII Gas masks came in 3 sizes, this example is a size 1 (Large), which is stamped under the chin gasket on the interior of the mask.  The large size masks were designated with "1" and the small size is "3", which is a bit counter intuitive.

The metal alloy eye socket frames on this later issue version are of the cheaper grey Ferrous metal, and house the Celluloid eye pieces, which could easy be replaced should they become damaged in any way. Replacement lenses were carried in the top of the gas mask carrying tin. The installed lenses are in great shape, and are both dated 1937. The snout, also made from metal had a screw thread, into which the filter was inserted, and beneath that the discharge valve could also be found. The M30 went through three different types of snouts, the last of which was introduced in 1938, and was identical to the snout on the M-38 Rubber gas mask. This example is the earliest pattern, and is marked A1B on the side. It has not had the extra rear piece added, which would have made it a second pattern.

The included model FE37 filter can has all original ink stamps present, with a Waffen Eagle stamp, and 1939 date. It also has another marking on the side in Black Letter type reading Oktober 40, probably the date of issue.

The included carry case is a Long Model 1938 Wehrmacht type, which was introduced to house the stiffer M38 gas masks. It still has the original original metal inner sleeve, and is in great original condition, with no repainting. It also contains the original "cleaning cloth," something we have not had before, though the circlip that holds it at the bottom of the can is missing. The spare lens compartment is marker marked G.F.N. (unknown) and dated 1938, with a Waffenamt inspection stamp to the right. This can was produced before the three letter codes were introduced, so the maker mark is an abbreviation, which we have not been able to identify. The THREE sets of spare lenses in the compartment are dated 1938 and 1940, and still in their original paper wrappers. The carry straps are solid with some wear and fraying at the ends.

Overall, a really nice military issue German WWII Gas mask in excellent condition, complete with all the correct accessories, named to a WWII Soldier. Ready to add to your collection and display!

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