Original Japanese WWII Civil Defense Gas Mask with Filter Canister and Carry Bag - Excellent Condition

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. We rarely see Japanese gas masks this nice! This is an excellent condition genuine WWII Civil Defense issue Japanese rubberized face mask with metal rimmed lenses. It is the type with the smaller external filter, attached to the mask on the bottom and not with a longer external hose. It has the "nose vent", only seen on the civil defense issue masks, and the condition is simply incredible. There is almost no sign of the usual rubber deterioration that we usually see on WII Japanese gas masks.

There were many different revisions made during the Pre-WWII and early war years, as well as manufacturing design differences, so positive identification can be different. These versions also were available with a directly attached filter, or a larger filter on a hose. There were also Military, Civic Defense, and Civilian versions, which could often be used interchangeably, further muddying the waters, so to speak.

This particular design has an attached filter, with the exhale valve located directly under the nose. The air intake goes directly into "Tissot" tubes, which direct the air right onto the lenses, to help with fogging, a common issue for all gas masks. The lenses are retained by fixed clamped lenses, both of which are in excellent condition, with no cracks or
discoloration. The rubberized canvas is great and flexible, with no issues we can see. The buckles still retain most of their paint, and the straps are in great shape, with intact and functional elastic.

The filter can is in great shape, with great paint, and no dents or rust. The original instruction label is still fully intact, and quite legible, though it is in Japanese. The filter even still has the original bottom plug with an attaching string.

These are always difficult to find in any condition, much less excellent condition such as this fine example. Probably the best Japanese WWII gas mask that we've ever had.

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