Rare Early Siebe Gorman Smoke Rescue Mask

This classic English leather mask was manufactured in 1860s  by Siebe Gorman & Co LTD. This mask used a long hose with bellows. The firefighter would don the leather mask, while a second firefighter would provide air by operating the foot operated bellows. Signals on the hose by the wearer… 1 tug meant “more air”, 2 tugs “less air” and 3 meant “HELP”. This example is signed but different than any example we have ever found. The shape and details  are Sebe-Gorman but instead of the signature barn door windows this has a nose and 2 round eyes. There is a Muppet look to it.