We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
1920s Full Welding Hood
This early suede welders hood has some nice details. The eyepiece is a patterned Bakelite that flips up. There are also air vents sewn into the back. The leather patina shows its age… $1200