Original 1953 Dated RAF H Type Oxygen Mask
An original H Type Oxygen Mask dated February 1953 complete with a type 54 microphone in a size medium
This pattern of oxygen mask came into issue with the RAF in late 1944 and saw issue well into the post war years. This particular example dates from the early 1950s but is fitted with the large wartime pattern mic so would be usable for a late war scenario. It would also be ideal for an early Jet-Age period collection. Interestingly, this mask has been fitted with a blanking plate in place of the valve usually found to the left hand side.
The mask is in reasonable condition for its age as can be seen in the photographs but does have some cracking to the rubber face piece. This is particularly bad around the microphone where there is a long split. There are also signs of use and handling, typical of how a mask would have looked like on active service. The interior features the chamois lining and all the metalwork is in good condition.
The underside of the mask features the War Department broad arrow marking and size is marked as medium.
All in all a reasonable example of an H-Type oxygen mask which would make a good addition to any aviation collection.
Mid 20th Century, WW2