An original pair of RAF MK VIII Goggles dating from the Second World War.
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 used condition but do feature the curved edge to the brass frames which is associated with wartime manufactured goggles. They also have vent holes rather than scopes to the bottom of the frames (picture 7) which is a feature associated with early manufacture. The lenses are in reasonable condition and the frames retain a large amount of the factory applied blue paint. The leatherwork is in reasonable shape and the original white RAF stamps are still present to the front.
The original grey elastic strap is still present and retains its original leather pull tabs to the metal adjuster. The strap is well used with some period repairs, as is often found on original goggles.
Overall a very genuine pair of original RAF goggles with the sought after curved frame and AM markings to the leather.