An original pair of original RAF MK VIII Goggles in great condition with the austerity metal bridge piece.
These goggles are arguably the most iconic of all RAF goggles and saw use with aircrews from 1942 well into the post-war years. They also saw action with USAAF crews, Fleet Air Arm and Coastal Command amongst others.
This particular pair are in reasonable condition and still retain the majority of their original blue paint to the brass frames. The leather pads are nice and most of the stitching appears strong. The goggles feature a simplified bridge section not commonly seen on the market and often referred to as a wartime austerity pattern by collectors. This style isn't as strong as the usual pattern and has a tendency to kink although this shouldn't be an issue if displayed on a flying helmet.
The goggles feature an original elastic strap which retains a small amount of elasticity and features the leather pullers. A section of the strap has been stitched back on itself to shorten the overall length where the strap has stretched.
Overall these are a very nice pair of original RAF goggles with the austerity bridge section that would make a nice addition to any RAF display.