Original U.S. WWI Army Model 1916 Infantry Saber Fencing Mask
Original Items: Only One Set Available. This is an exceptionally rare 1916 practice and competition fencing mask designed for use with the U.S. Model 1913 Cavalry Saber also known as the Patton Saber. Then Second Lieutenant George S. Patton designed the saber in 1913.
This mask, along with the vest and gauntlet set, are for the saber and the fighting techniques specific to its use. This mask measures 19" high by 9" wide. It covers the wearer's head from the crown forward, including the ears on the sides. It features a covering made of fine mesh steel wire, the spacing of which is much greater in front so as not to obstruct vision. There is soft leather-lined padding along the top and cheeks, and a quilted upper chest and throat protector extending eight inches below the chin. Leather straps with buckles are used to fasten the device to the wearer's head along with a spring-loaded pad that secures it in the back. This mask is in very good condition, but shows obvious signs of honest use and years of storage wear. The leather, while supple and flexible still, is very dry. All straps are intact, however one is broken. There are some minor tears to the padding inside the helmet, but nothing which would distract from its outward appearance while on display.
A photo of a complete set can be found in the Imperial War Museum (see photo). Overall a wonderfully rare helmet that is offered in complete very good condition!
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