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.
Very Rare and Important 1910 Drager Smoke Mask
I almost never sell items from my museum collection. Here is your opportunity to get your hands on one of the rarest examples I own. It's not only a surviving example of the very beginning of gas and rescue Apparatus, it has a striking sculptural presence as well. The face plate is Mica. Drager smoke rescue mask The Apparatus pictured, devised in 1910 by the Drager Company of Germany, operated in a similar way as the Siebe-Gorman self-contained devices. Draeger breathing devices and other safety equipment grew so popular in the mine rescue business that the word "draegerman" eventually became a synonym for an underground rescue worker... $2800