This is an original German M38 gas mask canister. It was fully stripped of post-war paint, then repainted the proper shade of WWII German field gray. The canister was then over sprayed with tones of Ordinance tan and grass green. This pattern would have been common on German field gear as early as Tunisia, and would have been seen on the Italian front as well as Normandy.
The canister as been distressed to look and feel original. Just the things to display a helmet on or to fill out your Italian front collection.