A First World War Respirator Mask and Filter

A First World War Respirator Mask and Filter

Hull Museum Collection

- On-going

Conservation

This British gas mask and filter has been a conservation and research project in preparation for its display in the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

This British gas mask and filter has been a conservation and research project in preparation for its display in the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. The conservation work stabilised the structure, bought to light interesting new information about its construction and provided an acrylic mount to support the object on display. Before the project began, the object had been in store within the Hull Museums Collection.

The removal of iron corrosion revealed a makers mark on the filter canister stating that it had been made by Reckitt Sons Ltd, a well-known Hull manufacturer, in 1917. X-radiography revealed the internal construction of the canister which could then be compared to period examples. The composition of the materials used for the filter were analysed by X-Ray Fluorescence at the University of Durham, and found to include Fullers earth with lime and gypsum.

A polycarbonate mount was made for the mask and filter canister. The mount displayed the mask vertically on a stand that provided a frame giving good visibility and support. A separate polycarbonate ‘cassette’ lined with polythene foam was made to support the filter canister enabling the viewer to ‘look inside’, and view the impressed makers mark.

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