Genuine World War One Tank Crew 'Splatter' Mask. Dates To 1917 / 1918... These Masks Were Introduced In 1917 To Protect Tank Crews from Small Particles of Metal & Lead (Paint) Fragments, Which Were Sent Flying Across The Inside of The Tank When It Came Under Fire.
To counter/minimize the danger of bullet splash( Lead ) or fragments knocked off, or flying through the inside of the hull, the tank crew wore helmets with goggles or these chainmail masks aka "Splatter-Masks" for protection.
Splatter Masks were extensively used by the British in the battle of Cambrai, by the French at Soissons, and in the Second battle of Villers-Bretonneux.
The Upper Section of Metal Construction Covered With Leather, The Eye Apertures Pierced With Horizontal Vision-Slits, Area around the eyes and nose could be bent into shape to fit the wearer...
Some Wear Consistent With Age..
Item has been gently cleaned with cotton swab, to remove dust and grime build-up, and leather lightly nourished with Mink oil to prevent further detoriation. Hence the shine.
I hereby offer this very rare piece of World War One history up for auction for collectors, museum display purposes or other WW1 enthousiasts.
Great and rare collector's item, especially in the light of the 2018, 100 year Anniversary of the end of the conflict.
Item was retrieved a few years back from the Champagne Region in North-Eastern France.
Further provenance unknown.
Item has definitely been worn and used as seen on the inside of mask.
Object has been verified as original by various Militaria Experts, for example Peter Zadelaar( one of the originators of the “Keep Them Rolling” association.
Last Foto shows Replica as made for reenactment purposes.
Difference in ware and use is obvious (rust, oxidation, damage to leather, rust/blood stains on cotton webbing etc.
Good Luck bidding on this rare (conversation) piece.
Dimensions: 18CM x 13CM.
Weight: 300 Grams.
Shipping: Parcel Post. Or Pick-Up in The Hague, The Netherlands.
- Country of manufacture
- United Kingdom
- Weapon Type
- 20th - early (WW I)