RAF Type H Oxygen Mask, WW2 Dated
Size Medium. Dated 3-45. (March 1945). Rare wartime dated example of this otherwise relatively common mask. The rubber facepiece is quite heavily soiled but in fairly good condition. Overall shape is reasonable but the edges are folding folding inwards, particularly at the bottom of the mask. The rubber is suprisingly flexible and only exhibits stress cracking on the fold at the base of the mask (see photo). In addition there is some minor perishing at the edges. The pearl grey suede lining is complete but quite heavily soiled and peeling away from the edges slightly. Fitted with a rather worn looking type 57 microphone assembly and a pink flecked mid tan coloured loom with correct large 2-pin socket. The harness is complete, though grubby, a little ragged and has lost elasticity. These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain in any condition and are considerably rarer than a G-type mask. Although this is appears to be a 'tired' example it would look much better if the rubber facepiece was cleaned. We rate this as fair '+' used overall. Displays well. Stock code O18723.