Original RAF MK VIII Flying Goggles + Box
An original pair of RAF MK VIII RAF goggles in excellent condition complete their Air Ministry marked original issue cardboard box.
The MK VIII goggles are arguably the most iconic of all RAF goggles, coming into service during 1943 and stay in use with the RAF until the 1960s.
The goggles are a nice pair and display very well. The brass frames retain the vast majority of their original blue painted finish with some of the brass showing through. The leather face cushions are in very good condition as is the chamois backing. The chrome plated parts are also very clean and bright with only limited signs of tarnishing.
The original leather straps is still present and retains its original leather pull tabs. The elastic it good with plenty of elasticity and a it retains its original colour. The original owner has marked his name in ink to the inside of the strap and reads 'Stapleton 608575'. Erik Julian Stapleton served with the RAF in the post-war years which would suggest this pair could be of post-war manufacture.
The goggles come complete with their original box which have usually been lost over the years. The box is the specific issue type with 'Goggles MK. VIII' stamped to the top as well as the stores code 22c/920. This stores code is repeated on the side of the box and the Air Ministry AM marking with crown also features above this.
Inside the box is a set of tinted lenses which can be changed for the clear lenses fitted to the goggles currently. They are held into the carboard case with separate carboard U-sections although sadly one has been removed at some stage in their life. The box is in reasonable condition for its age with only limited signs of wear and use.
All in all a nice pair of original goggles complete with their original box. These would make an excellent addition to any RAF or USAAF collection without a doubt!