Just picked this one up today from a dealer at the local show. He's had if for a year now with no takers so I was able to talk him down by a 1/3rd. I see these priced all over the place from the $90's (fair condition, no bag) to close to $500 (which by the way is absurd and maybe why they are still listed)
It is in absolutely MINT all matching condition. Fully pliable/flexible. No rips or tears. all paint on the strap fasteners remains.
I'm pretty sure it is a type 99 but may be a Type 1 (Model A). (They look quite similar).
There are two configurations. From what I have seen the majority of these masks came with a separate canister and hose but this version has the canister directly attached to the mask. These masks were issued to both the Army and civilians.
Came complete with Bag. However the bag is unique. It has a snap closure, while all pictures I have seen have a button closure. The label on the front is slightly different being vertical. I've seen this on others but most have a rectangular label that is horizontal.
The label also has the remains of another paper label unfortunately lost over time....
Any help interpreting the Kanji is greatly appreciated.
This will go well next to my rare IJN Navel Landing forces mask.
Any and all comments welcome.