mens 1940's/50's : k5527
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product code : k5527 : £ 135
  • 1940's silver metal frame marked BAUSCH & LOMB

  • Original mid-green glass lenses

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  • This is a true WWII veteran, still in fine fettle and serving its superior

    purpose. Bausch and Lomb (stamped on the bridge) were one of the

    contractors whom the US government called on in the task of supplying

    eyewear during World War Two. We can date these - 'Flying Sun Glasses'

    with comfort cable - forward from November 1941, when Type D-1 flying

    goggles were superseded by this nickel-plated frame design, standardised

    between contractors. And we can state it was issued in the earlier years of

    WW2, as the lenses are the pale green glass: 55% LTF. The model number

    is AN6531 - 'AN' for Army and Navy - and these are the Type 1 lenses.

    The later Type II lenses are a dark grey. The uv protection stats for today's

    fly-boys and detail hounds is very good: 98% at 400nm. As befits a veteran

    though, it is not in perfect condition, so could well have seen some action.

    We are also wondering if the support or brow bar plastic has been changed,

    either in the field, or after the war. Or it was issued like that, as it seems

    impossible to retrofit, especially on a B&L WW2 'Aviator' as their design had

    anchoring notches, welded over the front frame, at the brow bar and at the

    nose pads. The bar cover is a mottled mock tortoise but is usually beige, like

    the nose-pads. Here's a photo of a pair being worn in 1942 by Lt Mike Hunter

    with the pale green lenses, but not 100% sure this is the B&L notched frame.

    Bausch & Lomb continued to make these sunglasses after 1945, as they had

    actually started in 1937 with their "Ray-Ban" commercial line, in gold-fill

    metal - but refined this type as their 'Shooter'. In 1948, it was worn by the

    very young American Arthur Cook, who came to London to compete for the

    USA Shooting Team in the Olympics. And won gold. This pair though was

    made for earlier combat and every collector wants one of these rugged WWII

    issue sun glasses, especially in the cool green tint; so wearable and with all the

    individual history vested in every single pair.

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vintage sunglasses : 1940's US military issue aviators by BAUSCH & LOMB
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