Gas mask with case

Object Number: 
1948.178a
Date: 
ca. 1939
Medium: 
Rubber, metal, plastic, cardboard, leatherette, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 4 7/8 x 6 5/8 x 5 3/4 in. ( 12.4 x 16.8 x 14.6 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on front of inhaler: "MB 38" painted: on rubber seal: "1606" in relief: on rubber mask: "[ME]DIUM" and "AVON 12" printed/handwritten: on paper taped inside lid of case: "MRS. / N. J. O'Conor, / 5, the Woodlands, / Beulah Hill, / London, S. E.
Description: 
Gas mask consisting of a cylindrical black painted metal inhaler attached to rubber and textile face mask with clear plastic window; in rectangular, black leatherette-covered case with hinged lid, key lock, and carrying strap (now detached).
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this gas mask was issued to the donor's wife in London in August 1939. It was brought out of England by special permission in October 1939.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Norreys Jephson O'Conor
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group