RFC First Pattern Flying Goggles
Official issue in 1914, these goggles have a basic one-piece rubber frame fitted with oval shaped laminated clear glass lenses. Simple elasticated strap with friction buckle fastener. These goggles feature frequently in period photographs, particularly RFC Other Ranks who used issue kit rather than the private purchase favoured by officers (see photographs 8 & 9). Use of these goggles was short as by 1915 the gogglemask had been introduced. Condition is generally excellent. The frame is a little grubby but remains completely flexible and the lenses are undamaged. The strap lacks retains good elasticity. A rare find in this condition. Stock code G21319.