Aeronautical Headgear British
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Private Purchase Goggle Mask Flying
A very fine example of the private purchase pattern of similar design to the RFC Mk I and Mk II Ministry issue mask goggles, a set of which we have also listed today. These invariably do not carry any identifying marks so we are unable in this instance to say when or by whom they were made but interestingly an identical set is illustrated on page 136, bottom right middle photograph, of Mick Prodger's excellent reference book 'Vintage Flying Helmets'.
This set are in apparently unissued condition with the leather of the mask soft and supple with all the original brown finish in place. They feature tear drop frames in aluminium with hinged outer sections to facilitate lens changes. Clear lenses are fitted and are well above the average with just minor fogging to the edges. The interior is blanket lined with synthetic fur trip around the lens frames. The original cloth back strap is fitted with just minor rust to the metal adjuster slides. A very crisp example that would be impossible to improve upon and could date from WWI through until the 1930's.
Whist not quite a desirable as the Mk I or II issue versions still a very good set and at a significantly keener price!