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RAF Spectacles, Mk.VIA (Crookes), Boxed

RAF Spectacles, Mk.VIA (Crookes), Boxed

Code: SOLD-1405

SOLD
Stores Ref. 22c/883. Intended for use when flying over water surfaces and under severe reflected-glare conditions. They provided an excellent filter for use in submarine spotting and coastal reconnaissance. The frame is made of light green tinted moulded acetate in one piece, having two semi-circular side-shield attached with nickel plated hinges. A chamois covered sponge nosepiece is stitched to the frame and the spectacles are fitted with a simple adjustable black elastic strap. The lenses are laminated Crookes B2 safety glass. The frame is in very good condition bar a small flaw from one of the holes drilled for the attachment of the nose-rest - this does not appear to be a crack and could even be a manufacturing fault. Either way it is not significant. The hinges are good, tight and function well. The lenses are better than most pairs but do have delamination marking at the edges - the right is worse than the left. The headstrap is in good order and retains much of the original elastication. The adjustment buckle has light surface corrosion. The nosepiece is complete and shows light soiling only. Fully Air Ministry marked with reference numbers etc engraved into the sideshields. They come in the original card box of issue with instruction sheet inside. The box is rather worn but remains complete. The MK.VI series were not produced in large numbers compared to other goggles and spectacles and are now relatively rare to find. Stock code G17937.