Original Imperial Japanese WWII Gas Mask with Filter and Carry Bag - dated 1941
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very good condition genuine WWII issue Japanese rubberized face mask, with metal rimmed clear lenses. The filter can has part of the original paper label, though unfortunately most is missing. There are also markings embossed into the top of the can, one of which is 昭 16., for the 16th year of the Showa era, or 1941. There is also a maker mark next to this, as well as 昭化.
The rubberized material is still very soft and pliable, and inside on the right side the mask is maker marked, and also dated with 昭 16. for 1941. The left side of the inside of the mask is also marked 昭化 like the top of the can. There is some slight degradation of the rubber around the edges, but otherwise is it is still supple. The straps are almost all present and in good condition, and unlike most, the original rubber inside the straps has not degraded, so they are still quite stretchy. The neck strap is unfortunately missing a large portion. The eyepieces have only degraded slightly, are more than 50% clear, something we rarely see.
The included carry bag is nice, though does show much wear and tear. It still has a faded label on the front, which may indicate the maker, or possibly just the contents. It has the original buttons, though as mentioned before, shows much wear.
A very nice example of a 1941 dated Japanese Gas mask set in its original carry bag, ready to display!
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