The Pirelli M.29 was a limited production run mask produced in Italy for the Belgian army.
Mask overview Edit
The facepiece of the M.29 is made of leather, with two single-layer glass eyepieces. It uses a 5 points head-harness. The intake-outtake piece in the front sports a metal piece to which the hose is connected. Inside the maks, there is a primitive Tissot system to prevent fogging. The hose itself was made of rubber.This mask is the cheaper successor of the Pirelli M.24: the facepiece is slightly less thick, the straps were reduced from 7 to 5, the intake-outtake piece is smaller and lighter. Overall, this mask seems much less bulky but less sturdy.
After the short-lived Pirelli M.24, the Belgian army was looking for a replacement, offered again by Pirelli. Although rubber was widely used with coeval masks, the decision was to use leather again. This choice was not really pondered, because the supply of this mask ceased after only one year of very slow production; the M.29 still suffered the single-layer eyepieces problem of the M.24 and leather was not deemed suitable for combat anymore. The M.29 was replaced in 1931, but due to the fear of the Second World War, many M.29s were retrofitted with M.1934 kits.
The kit Edit
Original kit EditThe mask came with its hose, filter, pamphlet, spare lenses and anti-fogging lenses inside a filter-shaped satchel with a hole at the bottom.
Retrofitted kit EditDuring the late '30s, some masks were retrofitted with M.1934 kits (bag, filter and hose) so that they could be used in an upcoming war.
- Federico Turci’s collection