An original pair of MK VIII RAF Flying goggles in good condition with the larger leather padding often associated with early MK VIII Goggles.
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.
These goggles are in great shape for their age as can be seen in the photographs. The large leather pads are in good condition and all the stitching appears to be strong all round apart from a section around the nose piece on each side where it has come about slightly on each side.
The elastic strap is good and still retains some of its elasticity and isn’t too worn and stretched like many offered on the market. The metal adjuster has corroded slightly but both the leather pull tabs are still intact and in good condition.
The strap bares an RAF 22C ink stamp which I have only seen on one other strap previously and certainly is a very nice feature.
The brass frames are in good condition and retain most of their original blue paint. The chamois backing of the goggles is OK but does show some signs of wears and also some mildew. This has been taken into account when pricing these goggles. The tapes between the two eye pads are also in good condition and the lenses are very good but with only slight signs of delamination.
An excellent original pair of WW2 RAF goggles in great condition and they would make an excellent display piece without a doubt.