Masks of the World


Homemade armor mask


aaaMystrySolvd-1070Q:  Hello Bob, although this mask isn’t mine, my friend would like to know what it is and where it originated. He got it at an auction in London for $200. It seems to be leather with chain-mail. If anyone knows the answer, it’s you! Thanks, Aiden, 1070

A:  This interesting piece of facial armor could come from anywhere in the UK, US or Europe. It is a true mask in that it is worn for a specific purpose. People make or buy these masks for medieval reenactment and possibly some steampunk events. In case you don’t know about these modern-day activities, please Google LARP (Live Action Role Playing), SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism), and Steampunk.  I wrote chapters on both of these mask categories in my book, Masks of the WorldA-

Categories:   Protection


  • Posted: December 30, 2016 23:30

    Bob Ibold

    I was searching the internet and found a similar mask on Pinterest. They said it was a WWI protective face mask. Of course, Pinterest is not a reliable source, but I thought it was worth considering.
  • Posted: January 24, 2017 06:05


    It is a World War 1 tank crew mask. I know this because I have researched WW1 and 2 extensively
  • Posted: January 26, 2017 20:36

    Bob Ibold

    Equipment gets more sophisticated with each war.