As soon as the British government began issuing gas masks (respirators) to the general public in the late 1930s, enterprising firms began offering a myriad of carriers. Gas masks were issued in a carboard box and these quickly took a battering when carried around. <amy people therefore bought a carrier.
All types of material were used for the carriers, from simple fabric sacks, to handbags (with special compartments to hold the gas mask), through to metal tins and the leather example shown below. The leatherwork on this example is excellent quality and was no doubt quite an expensive investment. But, given the 80+ years since it was made it's still in remarkable condition.
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