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Air Ministry issued Luxor flying goggles, cased

Air Ministry issued Luxor flying goggles, cased

Code: G25174

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By E.B. Meyrowitz (EBM), London, c1930s.  Nickel plated vented frames with a barrel screw adjustable nose bridge.  Flat laminated glass lenses, pink/orange rubber cushions with raised 'Luxor' marks and a simple elasticated strap.  These were the finest quality goggles of the day and the preferred choice of many pilots at the beginning of WW2 and into the Battle of Britain.  Unknown model number but  similar to the '12',  made famous by the iconic photograph of Pilot Officer Keith Gillman, used on the front cover of 'Picture Post' at the height of the Battle in August 1940.  The frames are in good condition but do have oxidisation and minor pitting.  There are 'E.B. Meyrowitz' markings on both sides.  The yellow tinted glass 'xxx' (Triplex) lenses are delaminating and quite poor.  They would look better if removed, completely delaminated and reinstalled.  The sponge rubber cushions have seen better days and are mishaped and perishing.  That said, they are not rock hard and do retain some give and flexibility.  The 'Luxor' markings are still quite easy to make out.  The original strap is a bit ragged, stretched and has lost elasticity.  Complete with their original hard leather case with gold embossed markings.  The popper on the lid is non functioning.  Air Ministry King's crown stamped inside implying these were officially issued.  Whilst these are rather 'tired', Luxor goggles are not common to find and highly sought after.  Stock code G25174.