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Extremely RARE Royal Naval Air Service flying / observer's goggles.
How does the saying go about London buses? "You wait for an hour and then two show up at the same time!" Just a few weeks ago I offered a set of these amazing and incredibly rare WWI RNAS filter goggles which at the time was only the second set I had ever seen. I have now received another set, exactly the same. Housed in a beautiful wooden case, complete with a full set of interchangeable glass lenses, each with a different colour filter for different conditions. Also included is a detailed instruction booklet listing the use of each set of filter lenses. Goggles are in unissued condition, perfect leather facemask with velvet backing and faux fur surround, split, angled white metal frames for inserting lenses and strap with hook (elasticity all but gone). Baize lined case divided into compartments for the lenses. A truly amazing early aviation item. Please note: photos show the set offered a few weeks ago, the set you will receive is identical in every way, including condition.
$635 / £485 / €575
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1930s Art Deco goggles /sunglasses with grey smoke lenses for flight over water. Probably made by Theodore Hamblin of London.
Came as part of a large collection of flying headgear and are especially nice because they feature the grey smoke lenses specially developed for flying over water. Leather side shields have some small tears but otherwise these look great and display well. No markings that I can find but the distinctive triangular lenses resemble a popular style available from Theodore Hamblin of London. Come with their original, fitted, blue velvet lined aluminium case. A great find and an excellent display accessory.
$40 / £30 / €35 email to secure this item
WWII AAF and USN replacement lenses for the B-6, B-7, AN6530, Willson Mk II and Mk IV flying goggles.
Various available as follows:
USN contract American Optical lenses clear (wrapped, unopened): pair £27 / $35 / €30
AAF Bausch and Lomb lenses, clear (wrapped and in envelope): pair £27 / $35 / €30
AAF / USN clear lenses, used but perfect: pair £22 / $25 / €20
AAF / USN clear lenses, used, one small chip at edge
(doesn't show when installed in frame): pair £15 / $20 / €18