49 E. 78 St Suite 2B New York City, NY 10075 845.461.8506
$ 2,200

Tank Operators Mask from WWI of Iron, Leather and Chain Mail

Origin England
Period 1900-1920
Materials Iron, leather, chain mail
W. 6.25 in; H. 5.75 in; D. 2.5 in;
W. 15.88 cm; H. 14.61 cm; D. 6.35 cm;
Condition Good. In use wear to leather
Creation Date Early 20th c.
Description Rare face mask for protection designed for use on a tank in WWI. A man in the tank wearing a helmet would need to stick his head out to see at some point. The face needed to be protected from shrapnel. The mask made of Sheffield hardened iron is covered with leather and has a chain mail veil to protect the mouth. The best feature was the slitted eye cover. Mounted over a metal base. Ht on base is 9 inches.
Styles / Movements Industrial
News references A similar face mask was loaned to MoMA for an exhibition Modern Masks and Helmets.
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