C.1915 Rare Protective Arctic Goggles

These rare eye goggles consist of a leather face mask with metal face cups with slit patterns cut into them. These early goggles were used by scientist and crew on expeditions to prevent snow blindness.  William Laird McKinlay's National Arctic Expedition 1913-1918 used a very similar model to the one featured (his were donated to the National Library Scotland).

Scott described in his book the types available:

'A few men preferred the ordinary wire-gauze type with smoked glass but the drawback to these was their liability to become frosted over. The alternatives were to have a piece of leather with a slit in place of the glass or to have goggles cut from a piece of wood. Personally, I much preferred the latter and in the end invariably used them; mine were very carefully shaped to fit over the nose and eyes, had a considerable cross-shaped aperture, and were blackened outside and in.

Base not included but we can make custom bases per request.

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'Leather Face' Tankers Mask Liner

Vintage issued but never worn leather tankers mask liner. Has a terrifying leather face look but that is what makes it so special. Adjustable straps for nice snug fit.

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