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WWII Nazi German Luftwaffe Cased Model 295 Flight Goggles Windschutzbrille mit Etui
Item #: VF4856
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The cased goggles consist of a one piece, horizontal, molded, dark gray sponge rubber frame with an integral, stitched on, fabric nose bridge and the stitched on, classic aviator style, horizontally, teardrop shaped, field-gray painted, aluminum lens housing with inserted clear glass lenses. The large, curved, clear glass lenses provided a wide field of vision. The lens housings retain all their original field-gray paint and have nine, small, punched, ventilation ports to both the top and bottom edges of each. The bottom lens housings ventilation ports are on a separate, raised, brazed on panel. Extra 3 sets of lenses are located in the original storage box that is roughly 7cm x 23cm x 10cm, elongated oval, tooled, matte silver washed, aluminum construction storage/transportation case, with a fold back, friction fit, top lid with two, small, riveted on, staggered, alloy bar hinges to the reverse. The top lid of the case has a riveted on, blackened, aluminum panel with printed and engraved natural aluminum script that includes, "Gerät: Windschutzbrille", (Equipment: Wind Protection Goggles), "Hersteller: Auer-Ges. Berlin O 17", (Manufacturer Auer-Company Berlin East 17) ,"Baumuster: 295", (Model: 295), "Werk Nr: 26139", (Work/Order Number 26139), "Gewicht: Behälter u. Inhalt ca. 0,65kg", (Total weight: Container and Contents circa 0,65 kilograms), and, "Tag d. Herstellung: 14. 9. 1936", (Day/Date of Manufacture: Sept 14TH 1936). The riveted on, aluminum panel also has a black and natural aluminum stylized artwork image of a person wearing goggles and what appears to be a gasmask superimposed with unknown script, "Deyea", that may be a trade name or acronym. The interior of the top lid has a riveted on, silvery/white washed, aluminum panel with black printed script that includes, "Inhalt 1 Brille, 1Kinnband, 1 Putzlappen, 1 Locheisen, 1 Ersatzgläser, 1 Ersatzgummiband", (Contents, 1 {pair of}, Glasses, 1Chin Strap, 1 Polishing Cloth, 1 {Metal Worker’s} Punch, 1 {pair of}, Replacement Lenses, 1Replacement Elastic {Headband}), and, "Achtung! Falls die Brille auf der Nase drückt oder die Nasenflügel so abschließt, daß eine Atmung durch die Nase behindert ist, kann mit dem mitgegebenen Locheisen aus dem Gummi eine entsprechende Rundung von der Nasenauflage fortgeschlagen werden. Der bogen ist dann mit der Schere passend nachzuputzen.", (Attention! If the glasses press on the nose or closes the nostrils so, that respiration is hindered, the rubber nose bridge can be rounded out appropriately with the enclosed punch. The curvature can then be suitably finished off with scissors.). The interior bottom of the case has a separate, riveted on, raised, off-sided, oval compartment designed to secure spare lenses.
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 & Günther, Knothe, Cellowaro, Bauer, Uvex and Auer. Of Note: This model of protective flight goggles were primarily utilized by personnel in open cockpit aircraft.
Price: $375.00 USD (Sale Pending)