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RAF type D oxygen mask

RAF type D oxygen mask

Code: O25129

SOLD

Stores reference 6D/105.  Classic fabric oxygen mask synonymous with pilots and aircrew of the Battle of Britain period.  The overall shape of the mask is excellent and the 'flexible' flat solder 'bar' used to shape the nose of the mask to the wearer's face appears to be intact/complete although bent.  Unusually, the cloth is generally very good with only a little moth damage.  This is most notable in the fold of the nose where there are 4 small holes.  In addition there is one small hole on the right side as worn, three small holes on the left side and about three on the lower panel.  No repairs or remedial work have been done and none of these holes detract much at all as can be seen in the accompanying photographs.  The right side of the mask has been marked by the original owner '999' '019' or possibly '610' '666'.  The mask's chamois lining has light to moderate soiling and is in very good undamaged condition. The microphone mounting ring is a little chipped and the stamped reference numbers are just visible  with the majority hidden beneath the adjacent cloth. This mask has never been fitted a pair of face defenders or studs suggesting use as a microphone carrier rather than for oxygen.  It would be a very simple task to attach face defenders for display with a helmet.  We can supply an original pair at extra cost and will fit them free of charge if required.  Sold as seen, unwired and without a microphone but these can be supplied separately if required.  Overall this is a very good '+' example of a now extremely rare mask and ideal for a Battle of France or Battle of Britain display.  Stock code O25129.
NB. The final photograph shows the mask fitted with an original type 18 microphone for illustrative purposes.  This is not included in the sale and is not for sale.