RAF Mk.VA flying spectacles, cased
By Newbold & Co. Ltd., London. Stores Reference 22c/101. Fragile lightweight wire frames with laminated glass lenses, celluloid side-shields, rolled sponge rubber noserest and anti-glare 'flipshield'. Fitted with short side-arms, each having a female press-stud at the end that connected with a press studded metal plate sewn to the flying helmet of the user. The frame is in very good condition with only minor paint chipping/loss and general soiling. The tinted lenses have delamination marking around the edges and the side-shields are a little warped as usual. The stitched rubber nose-roll is discoloured and looks crusty but does retain some flexibility. Light scratches on the flipshield. The spectacles come in the original 'hand sewn' rigid leather case with two press studded plates that would have been sewn to the flying helmet and to which the side-arms could be fastened. The often missing metal 'hook' is also present - this was sewn on the forehead of the wearer's helmet and allowed the spectacles to be held in a raised position when not in use. A strap could be used with the spectacles when worn without a helmet, this is in excellent condition with clear Air Ministry, reference and manufacturer's markings. Complete with the original instruction booklet in lightly soiled/worn condition. Spare lenses, antidim & utlra rare screwdriver absent. Intended for the use of observers,gunners and pilots, these are extremely rare spectacles/goggles - seldom seen today. Stock code G23286.