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RAF type H oxygen mask, WW2 dated

RAF type H oxygen mask, WW2 dated

Code: 018728

£255.00 Approx $319.95, €286.2

Size medium.  Dated 2-45 (February 1945).  Rare wartime dated example of this otherwise relatively common mask.  The rubber facepiece retains good overall shape but the lower edge is curling inwards.  The rubber is quite pliable although rather grubby.  On the plus side there appears to be no cracking and only minor crazing when flexed.  The pearl grey suede lining is complete but dirty.  Fitted with a type 57 microphone assembly and a llight tan coloured loom with the correct large 2-pin socket, 10H/18196. Note that the microphone has some paint loss.  The webbing harness is a bit dirty but complete and retains a little elasticity.  The press studs have some verdigris deposits.  Surprisingly, two original rubber bands remain in place on the harness.  Note the corrosion of the wire securing the harness/oxygen inlet connector at the base of the mask and at the rear of the microphone (visible inside the mask).  These late war H-masks are very difficult to obtain in any condition and are considerably rarer than the G-type mask.  When they do turn up, most are 3-45 dated.   A reasonably good used example that could be improved significantly with some careful cleaning.  Stock code O18728.