An original pair of MK VIII RAF goggles in excellent condition which bare both the Air Ministry mark to the leather bridge piece, but also a 22c number to the elasticated strap.
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 fantastic goggles still retain their original Air Ministry stamp and 22c/ stores number which is stamped into the leather between the two eye pieces. Many pairs of MK VIII goggles on the internet do not in fact have this AM stamp and those that do are much more sort after by collectors.
The elastic strap also bares a 22c stamp along with a War Department broad arrow stamp which is the first time I have seen this. I suppose it is very common for this stamp to wear off as it is in such an exposed area.
The brass frames are in good condition and retain most of their original blue paint. The chamois backing of the goggles is really excellent and doesn't look to have seen any real use. The tapes between the two eye pads are also in very good condition and the lenses are also good but with some signs of delamination.
An excellent original pair of WW2 RAF goggles in great condition; the stamping on the strap alone really sets these goggles apart from any others I have had over the years, and they would make an excellent display piece.