Siebe Gorman & Co Ltd
Late 19th Century
Leather full face helment gas mask used by the Chch Gas Company during the late 19th century. Stiff leather crown and face mask, with soft leather back and shoulder flaps. Mask base could be tightened around wearer using leather strap that encircles the base. The front of the mask has an aluminium frame which holds the celluloid viewing lenses. The lenses hinge open and are secured shut using sliding bolt arm. Protruding from both sides of the mask is a metal pipe bent to 90 degrees, which connects to s stiff length of rubber pipe that is wrapped in a brown material. Both pipes connect, in wishbone fashion, to a three way pipe connection, with a threaded end.
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