Water safety, water wings; Father Neptune's; 1930?; RX.2018.26


Water safety, water wings

About this object

With a significant percentage of the New Zealand population living near water either sea, lakes or rivers these would have been a very important part of family safety, especially for the younger members of a family group.


Father Neptune's

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Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, London

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, fibre, cotton
processed material, metal

Inscription and Marks

Printed in black on front, together with line drawing of 'Neptune': 'FATHER / NEPTUNE'S / SAFE-FLOAT.' / Manufactured in London, England. / Protected in Great Britain and the principal Colonies. / .' 'Directions for Use. - Read Carefully. / Soak the "Safe Float thoroughly in water, taking care that the material throughout is / wet. Then blow up through the valve. If you find it is not holding the air, wet again. When blown up to the full extent and the air escapes at the seams, press just below valve to close in. / The "Safe-Float" is now ready for use. Place the narrow band under the stomach or the / back (not the arm pit), allowing the bladders to rise each side of the body / .' Similar inscription on back.


l 800mm x w 200mm x d 10mm
wt 43g

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