RAF Type E* Oxygen Mask
Stores Ref. 6D/473. This is the later pattern variant of the E-mask complete with anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve and having an elasticated webbing harness in place of the earlier leather types. The rubber is in excellent condition with no signs of cracking or crazing. Even the edges of the mask are complete, the overall shape is good and the rubber remains pliable. Air Ministry reference numbers are evident in the facepiece moulding along with additional stamped markings. The chamois inner edging is complete and quite clean. The conical tube at the base of the facepiece remains in place and is also in excellent condition, complete with alloy pipe/valve within. The tube is a bit off-set from the facepiece through storage but is flexible and could be 'held' in position if required.
The webbing harness is complete but faded and lacking elasticity The three press studs all have the original finish. Fitted with a type 48 microphone assembly (type 26 mic 10A/12570 and short loom/plug) - all in excellent condition. Please note that this mask is guaranteed to be 100% original and should not be confused with the 'hybrid' masks that have been offered elsewhere in recent years. Those have original metalwork and harnesses but brand new/reproduction rubber facepieces and linings. A very good '+' example of this type of mask. Stock code O20459.