Military German Gas Mask & Canister Drucken Filter FE55

Vintage German Gas Mask- Z56 2
w original canister & military straps.
I have 4 of these up for bid. See my "other items for sale." They can still be delivered by XMAS by using the Buy It Now feature and then making payment via PayPal instant payment (deadline Dec 19).
THE PHOTOS YOU SEE IN THIS AUCTION ARE THE EXACT SET YOU ARE BIDDING ON.
I WILL COMBINE SHIPPING IF YOU WIN MORE THAN ONE SET.
I am not a real expert on these military items but I hope my photos tell the story. This set has signs of wear and being moved around in storage for many years. However, it is in pretty darn good condition. This mask is NOT as clean as the other three. I believe it has been in use. T are more "smudges" on the white rubber from rubbing on the inside of the canister. Use the following information and refer to the 6 photos..........
PHOTO 1 ... Front view of MASK . It is marked Z56 2 above the eyes. I think the "2" is the size as others have a Z56 "3." The mask is white soft rubber and fairly comfortable. It has 5 straps that connect as a pentagon ( 32 808 3 1 ) at the back of the head. The air filter FE 55 is screwed into place. T is also a C/57 under the right eye. Inside of the mask is stamped G/40 A - AUER in black .
PHOTO 2 ... Canister is stan ding upright and is closed with mask inside "AIRTIGHT" canister. It is 13" in height and 4.5" in diameter. The hinged lid is 2.75" and the bottom cylinder is 10.5" The lid is held down tightly by a spring loaded metal fastener. The military straps are complete. As you can see the SHOULDER SLING strap is adjustable for length. T IS A NAME SCRIBED INTO THE PAINT ON TOP OF LID (See off-colored paint swatch). THE NAME IS ... Frits Kuch
PHOTO 3 ... Detail of spring loaded fastener. Inside that metal compartment is a strong spring. It keeps a constant downward pull on the lid which keeps the rubber inner seal AIRTIGHT .
PHOTO 4 ... This shows how the MASK fits into the canister . The air filter is pushed to the bottom and the soft rubber parts scrunch together above that. You can see a small metal square compartment inside the lid. It opens as seen in photo 1. I do not know what that is for but t is a retaining spring in it. It is marked Drucken 12 .
PHOTO 5 ... Bottom side of removed FILTER (FE55 and C42 40-12 63/561) is NOT sealed with tape covering. I am assuming the filter has been used and tfore breathed through. Maybe by Frits Kuch ??? You can see that the filter screws into the underside of the mask w it forms an airtight seal when screwed in completely.
PHOTO 6... Side view of mask shows how rubber straps lead to the back of the head.
OVERALL CONDITION WOULD BE VG (And is used) ... T ARE GRAY DISCOLORATIONS ON THE WHITE RUBBER PROBABLY FROM THE INNER METAL OF THE CYLINDER ... EXTERIOR PAINT IS WELL PRESERVED WITH SOME CHIPPED OFF PAINT ON THE TOP AND BOTTOM MARGINS ... THE STRAPS ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.

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