RAF MK.IV Flying Goggles, Complete/Boxed
By Levers Optical Co. Ltd. Stores Ref. 22c/111 (Goggles), 22c/113 (Screen, Anti-Glare). The first of the MK.IV series goggles. Manufactured with a black painted pressed brass frame incorporating hinged lens holders. With this pattern the lenses fit directly into the goggle frames without the need for sub-frames around them. The goggle frame is in very good condition with very little paint loss or rubbing. There is minor distortion at the nose bridge but nothing serious. The leather nose-piece and chamois backing are both in good used condition but the rubber pads have gone hard as usual. Fortunately they do still retain some shape and haven't deteriorated as much as many seem to. All strap components are good, the leather section has faint Air Ministry and reference marks. The clear lenses have some minor delamination marks at the edge but are generally excellent. Finally there is the anti-glare screen, commonly known as the 'flipshield' with the short enclosed type spring mechanism. The shield has some scratches and light scuffs but these could probably be polished out with care. The goggles come in the original issue box complete with accessories wallet containing spare clear lenses in their paper sleeves (some delamination), 'Everclear' antidim tube, copper rivets and spanner. The box also contains a full set of helmet plates and poppers for attaching to B or C-type helmets (all very good to excellent) and the leather/chamois forehead strip too. Overall this is a 'very good used' set of goggles. The MK.IV is considerably rarer than the IVB and this is reflected in the price. Ideal for a Battle of Britain display. Stock code G16504.