WW2 - Equipment & Personal Gear
This is the mask that started it all for full face mask diving and salvage. These saw extensive use during rescue and recovery operations at Pearl Harbor after the attack on Dec. 7th. This is the first version with the very hard to find re-breather bag. The mask has all the fittings and the rubber is still very supple. The only fitting that is missing is the one to attach the re-breather bag to the mask. During operations at Pearl, air hoses were attached to these masks so the divers could stay under for longer periods when time was of the essence. Great piece!!
Have two different canvas pouches, first is with a single snap, looks to be dated 1944 and has foot powder in it. The pouch with the lift dot fastener is dated 1945 by "Independent Awnings" and has a camo individual dressing inside. They are sold at $18 each, or take both for $32. The pouches are in near mint condition.
I have two matching sets of 1943 dated "Lund" emergency snowshoes that are being sold by the pair. Both pair have the leather bindings, are in near mint condition and each set has matching serial numbers. One set is marked "31409" and the other set is "26359". These were carried in the rucksack and were worn when skis could not be used.
These goggles are in like mint condition, very supple and the strap still has elasticity. The tag reads "Wilson Products, U>S>Navy - Aviation Goggles, All Rubber Mask - Double Aperature with Plastic Lens - Clear, Contract NXs - 320A - Bu. Aero, Schedule 900 - 7979 Reading, Penna." It still has the wrapping paper inside the box. Buy them when you can find them.
When will you ever see real WW2 vintage NOS signs like these again? I bought a number of these signs from a gentleman who got them in 1945 from a returning neighbor. These signs were placed on the right front of "Red Ball Express" trucks to indicate that the truck was carrying priority war supplies to our soldier's at the front lines. This red ball would insure that the truck was not held back and given absolute priority on all roads. These signs measure 10" in diameter and weigh 10.3 oz's. This was a lucky find and when they are gone, have no idea when any others will pop up. Buy'em now. Would look great on your vintage vehicle. They are sold at $25 each.
This is a neat, wood cased 1st Aid Kit with a Snake Bite Kit inside. According to the list on the inside of the lid, there are some items missing, but they shouldn't be to hard to find. What is neat is the Snake Bite Kit, which looks to be full and they are very hard to find. The wood box measures 7 3/4" by 4 3/4" by 2 7/8" and still has the leather handle
This blackout driving lamp is from "Corcoran - Brown" and is a size 4 1/2" and is dated Sep 28, 1944. This style and number fit Jeeps, trucks and other vehicles that took a 4 1/2" front bulb. The lamp is near mint, but the box is a little rough and is dated June 22, 1944. For you vehicle collectors, it should still work.