L008380 CASED AUER MODEL 306 FLIGHT GOGGLES. (Schutzbrille mit Behalter)

BACKGROUND: With the advent of military aircraft in WWI most of the early pilots soon discovered that appropriate protective flight goggles were a necessity due to the cold, sun glare and the all too frequent occurrence of oil leaking into the slipstream and covering the pilot. Originally the German military was caught unprepared and no specific protective goggles for pilots were available which resulted in the pilots utilizing commercially produced or captured enemy protective goggles. Early in the war the Carl Zeiss optics firm of Jena developed specific protective flight goggles that became the standard pattern for other manufacturers. Further improvements and refinements of assorted protective flight goggles continued in the inter-war years and by the start of WWII there were no fewer then nine types of protective flight goggles available and nine main manufacturers including, Carl Zeiss, Ernst Leitz, Phillip Winter, O.W. Wagner, Nitsche & GŁnther, Knothe, Cellowaro, Bauer, Uvex and Auer.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Standard teardrop, aviator style lenses with separate grey painted aluminum frames and charcoal grey sponge rubber eye sockets. Rubber eye sockets are stitched to frames. Frames have five ventilation vents to both top and bottom edges and are joined together by an aluminum nose bridge with single screw fit adjustment. Nose bridge has impressed manufacturers initials and date, "OW 42", indicating manufacture by O.W. Wagner in 1942. Goggles have a ribbed greyish/tan elastic headband with sliding metal fit adjustment buckle. Goggles are attached to the frames by small metal clips which also act as locking clips to secure the lense in the frames. Clear glass lenses intact. Goggles come housed in a natural tan cardboard case with taped and stapled seams and removable top lid. One end of case has a blue inkstamp that appears to be, "L/75%". Nice complete set in overall very good condition. Of Note: Although the Auer firm developed this model of flight goggles assorted firms produced them.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $395.00

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