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Ministry of Defence, 1914-1918 | British First World War Anti-Splinter Tank Mask

UK: Greenford Park WarehouseReservesRestricted SpeciesVAT applies to buyers outside the UK

Estimate:

2,000

to
- 3,000 GBP

Ministry of Defence, 1914-1918 | British First World War Anti-Splinter Tank Mask

Ministry of Defence, 1914-1918 | British First World War Anti-Splinter Tank Mask

Estimate:

2,000

to
- 3,000 GBP

Lot sold:

3,528

GBP

Ministry of Defence

1914-1918

British First World War Anti-Splinter Tank Mask


metal, stitched leather and suede, chainmail, rosewood stand

mounted on a metal and rosewood stand

mask 14 by 15cm.; 5½ by 6in.

Obvious wear from use. Well preserved and with original strap.

Stand 20cm, high and 17cm. wide.

Stand good but is rosewood.

A powerful object.


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This lot contains endangered species. Sotheby's recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrict or prohibit the import of certain items to protect wildlife conservation. Please note that Sotheby's will not assist buyers with the shipment of this lot to the US. A buyer's inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation. Please note the endangered species is contained in only the wood stand of the present lot. ‘Please note that where the buyer is from within the UK the lot is sold with no VAT symbol. Where the buyer resides outside the UK the lot is invoiced as if it bore the “†” symbol.’
These extraordinary masks were conceived to protect the wearer from shrapnel whilst operating a tank.

For similar examples see those in the collections of the Imperial War Museum, London (Accession Numbers EQU 2153, EQU 2156 and EQU 1654). Also see an example sold; Special Auction Services, 20 September 2017, lot 731.