R.F.C. Period Triplex A3 Goggles
an excellent and scarce example which were sold commercially as motoring goggles but were used extensively by Royal Flying Corps pilots in the early years of WW1. They come complete with their original leatherette carrying case that is clearly marked Motor Goggles ‘ A 3’ Model. The goggles themselves are in excellent original condition with yellow tinted lenses fitted. The aluminium lens frame is stamped Patent nos 127545 and below Registration number 667594. The cotton back strap shows some age wear but fine for display and the leather attachment points are both clearly stamped TRIPLEX XXX Registered Trade Mark. The inside of the goggle frame is lined with faux fur and again all is in good shape. An identical set is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s excellent Vintage Flying Helmets book bottom right on page 135 and described as ‘Typical early war goggles of similar design to the Triplex C-2, but without the laminated Triplex lenses.’ These would display very well in conjunction with an RFC period aviators flying helmet. These early goggles are hard to find in any condition so exceptional to find to this standard and with the original issue case.