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BRITISH WWI SNIPERS FACE MASK.
An extremely rare item of WWI issue militaria being the fine veiling snipers face mask. A famous photo exists of an officer in the trenches posing wearing one of these masks and the book that the photo can be found within is WWI Trench Warfare Volume 1, 1914 to 1916 by Dr. Steven Bull for the Osprey Elite series. The photograph itself upon page 59 is very clear and shows all the detailing including the dark reinforced eyepieces and the strip covering the bridge of the nose. The item is produced from a fine black gauze-like material and is very well configured having interior strapping so the metal eyepieces that are completely bound in cotton can be pulled tightly to the face to facilitate easy observation. To the interior are lightly padded straps with cords of elastic that clearly would have been tied around the wearer’s head prior to the veil being extended over the head. The whole item is in very good condition showing some signs of storage and is in a dark charcoal grey colour. There are one or two nicks and areas of pulls to the calico, however the whole unit remains in very good condition throughout with just signs of wear to the interior pads and is the only example we have ever seen other than this famous period photograph. Items such as these face masks display wonderfully and make topical conversation pieces when placed alongside gas masks and tank masks.