product code : k5527 :
1940's silver metal frame marked BAUSCH & LOMB
Original mid-green glass lenses
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goggles were superseded by this nickel-plated frame design, standardised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.