Scarce Pre-WWII AO Manufactured Private Purchase Pilot Goggles in Original Tin Named to CAP Pilot
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Scarce Pre-WWII AO Manufactured Private Purchase Pilot Goggles in Original Tin Named to CAP Pilot

Code: afcap10001ao

$305.00

Product Description

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ARTIFACT: This is a scarce pair of AO (American Optical Company) manufactured private purchase pilot/aviator goggles dating to before World War II. AO was an early eyewear manufacturer based in Southbridge, Massachusetts that supplied the US Air Service/USAAF with issue goggles. These goggles come with their original manufacturer tin and are named to a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) pilot known as "Billie" on the band. The lenses are clear, although AO made goggles with many different lens hues.

VINTAGE: Circa pre-WWII.

SIZE: Goggles: approximately 2-1/2" in lens height and 7-7/8" in width (laid flat); adjustable strap.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Nickel-plated brass, glass, rubber, cotton; tin.

ATTACHMENT: Goggles: adjustable screw at nose bridge, buckles on strap; case: hinge.

MARKINGS: AO on bridge; "BILLIE" W.R.H. and CAP wing drawn on band.

ITEM NOTES: This is from a pre-WWII pilot goggles collection that we will be listing more of over the next few months. ebay VAJJX13 LCGEX4/14 SLBIEX9/16 psCJEX9/16

CONDITION: 8- (Very Fine-Excellent): The goggles and tin both show only some light wear; rubber is still pliable.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.