63) A good original British military service respirator and haversack. This one was issued to a member of the Portsmouth Home Guard. His details show him as a “Motorma” which means that he was a train driver. It comes with its original pretty scarce outer hessian cover which was used as camouflage etc, these can be seen in use but the HG in period photos and films. The cover is now very delicate with age, dusty, Tatty and torn. It is a properly made item with shaped closure flap and poppered closure. The respirator face mask is excellent. It is very dirty with age but the rubber soft and supple as it was from new. A wipe with a damp cloth and this will clean up like brand new. Marked as size normal and dated 1940/1941 to all parts. The head straps are good and still elasticated but do show some stretching. The head pad good and soft and dated 1941. The lenses and metalwork are in nice order. The tube is again good with slight cracking to the folds but all good and strong. this is again dirty but a wipe over will clean it up well. the canister is good with its original colour. It is again dated 1941. The haversack is in nice order from what we can see although we have not attempted to remove the cover. The inside is excellent. the inside flap is again nicely marked MKVI and dated 1941. It is also marked “A.Howse, Motorman, H.G. Railway Station. Portsmouth”.
AS WITH ALL EARLY RESPIRATORS THIS ITEM IS SAFE TO HANDLE AND DISPLAY BUT NOT SAFE TO WEAR OR USE.