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Object ID # 1955.012.025ab
Object Name Mask, Gas
Title Gas Goggles Set (Early Gas Mask)
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Date 1915? 1916?
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Canada? England?
Description This is a gas goggles mask set from First World War. A= Khaki-coloured fabric eye mask, that has two rectangular slots with celluloid-looking film to protect the man's eyes. The mask has khaki-coloured twill straps to tie it around his head. The mask is machine-stitched. There is zig-zag stitching to keep the lining piece from unravelling. The lining piece is an ecru colour and has a fuzziness to its fabric. There is no maker's identification on this mask. The mask (called "goggles" on the package) has khaki-coloured twill straps to tie it around the soldier's head. B= Printed paper and twill-tape tied storage and instruction case for the gas mask. The package is printed in English. It advises that some Vaseline on one's face could help against the irritant gases. The package has natural narrow twill tape and a metal gromette. The paper looks like it was perhaps waxed. The printed information is contained within a decorative margin line: "Apply the Goggles placing the eye pieces as near the centre of the eye as possible. Then cross the tape at the back of the neck and bring around over the forehead. Tie off over the edge of the material so as to press it firmly. Mould the wire in the lower edge by pressing with fingers as to make it fit tight round the tip of the nose. Protection against Irritant Gases is improved by smearing Vaseline around between the edges of the Goggles and the Skin".
Makers mark The package is printed in English.
Provenance Most likely used by Arthur Clifford Husband who served overseas in World War I. After he died in 1920, it was kept by his father, Charles Husband. Last owned by Alice Husband, the second wife of Charles, at Kemble, Grey County.



Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Khaki fabric/Flannel?/Celluloid/Twill tape/Thread
Found Kemble, Township of Georgian Bluffs, Grey County
People Husband, Arthur
Husband, Charles
Subjects World War I (First World War/The Great War)
Gas warfare
Gas masks