New to the Forum, I've recently purchased two WW1 items for a display in my study. Thanks to the more knowledgeable posters on this forum I think I was able to obtain these items for a reasonable cost...both items are in (what I think anyway...) really good condition. From the limited information available the M17 was brought back to Canada by a canadian Captain after WW2, the Ledermaske was brought back to Australia by an 8th Battalion A.I.F Private in 1919. The mask has it's original instructions, all lenses and (from what I know) original straps. It's still surprisingly supple for it's age, despite being almost 100 years old it appears pretty mush usable (not that I would try).
From what I have read on the forum it is advised not to use foam display heads - I figured that 2 layers of stocking coverings should in theory negate the "gassing" of the foam? any thoughts or anyone doing similar? Also, Has anyone experienced the straps stretching over time or is it relatively safe to display the mask on a head for prolonged display?
Thanks for looking.