RAF type E* oxygen mask

RAF type E* oxygen mask

Code: O24945

SOLD

Stores reference 6D/473.  This is the later variant of the E-mask complete with anti-suffocation/inspiratory valve and an elasticated webbing harness in place of the earlier leather types.  The rubber facepiece is generally very supple and whilst there is no major cracking, the rubber has much surface crazing with small cracks and minor loss at the edges of the facepiece.  There appear to have been two different rubber compounds used to produce the E*.  One is more rigid and has a shinier finish, the other is much softer, more flexible and has a dull/matt finish.  This is the latter and whilst the overall shape is reasonable (much better when packed with acid free tissue paper), the edges are curling inwards a bit and the conical tube c/w alloy pipe/valve is somewhat off-set through storage.  This is a common occurence and can often be rectified with time (ask if you need to know how to do this).  The webbing harness is a little faded but complete and has some elastication remaining.  Fitted with a good type 48 microphone assembly.  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 reasonably good used example of this type of mask.  Stock code O24945.