Antique Respirator by Wordsworth

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A turn of the century respirator in its velvet lined, curved fitted leather case.

Coming out of the Victorian era, respirators were worn protect against foul city smells, some of them also claiming health benefits for invalids or patient with chest conditions. There are two sections which appear to be made from Bakelite or a similar composite which are interconnected with an elasticated band to secure the mask over the face. The front piece marked Wordsworth, the back on marked Washable Respirator in gilt lettering. The case is secured at the front with a brass catch.

 

 

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