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Lot Number: 70

Description: Christy Mathewson's World War I gas mask with his 1918 "Gas Defense School" bunk assignment. Historically significant piece of equipment used by Christy Mathewson during his time as a member of the Chemical Warfare Service in France. It was during the course of his training in the use of just such a mask that Matty was accidentally exposed to chemical gas which damaged his lungs allowing the tuberculosis which would eventually claim his life to take hold. "M2" model is noted which was a French made mask that was used by the French, British, and American forces from 1916 through 1918. Long stored within Mathewson's U.S. Army trunk (with the rest of his war related effects) it remains in fine overall condition (with general age related wear) and the original straps are in place and firmly affixed. Lenses have yellowed. It is hard to conceive of a piece which is more closely tied to Mathewson's noble enlistment in the Armed Forces and the unfortunate events which lead to his inability to return to his career in baseball and ultimately the illness which would shorten his life. Includes Mathewson's original November 3, 1918 dated "A.E.F. Gas Defense School" bunk assignment document and Mathewson Collection certificate of provenance: VG-EX

Estimated Price Range: ($5,000-$7,500)

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