men's : pre-war : k5432
product code : k5432 : £ 125
  • 1930s/40s silver metal frame marked LOCL

  • Original mid-blue mineral glass sun lenses

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  • This frame looks to be the British military issue Type C

    Mk VIII aviator sunglasses
    which were introduced during

    the war, in 1943. And the frame is by the London Optical

    Company (est 1905) who were one of the official makers

    of the Mk VIII frame, but as it is not stamped with the

    broad arrow mark, we can't say it is. However, the

    dimensions are the same, and only the lens colour is

    different. Perhaps this colour was made to special order,

    ie not regular issue. In WW1, the British Royal Naval Air

    Service did have specialist goggles with changeable coloured

    lenses including two blues, which were used in different

    conditions to enhance the sighting of signal flares. In the

    1930's US Seesall flying goggles had blue lenses dubbed

    'Eyes for the Skies'. This blue tint is one we know was used

    for practical and for leisure sunglasses. The colour varies

    through sky and peacock and turquoise shades - and in 1928,

    Protex USA even had a 'Marine Blue For Outdoors and at the

    Movies'. Those movies must have been bright, but blue is

    soothing and absorbs glare - without altering natural colours.

    Yes, old-time 'railroad men, motormen, stone cutters and

    miners' could benefit, but also drivers and shooters and

    fliers. They have full uv protection - so if you have that

    WW2 vehicle or plane or are aiming for a sniper or driver or

    pilot look, imagine how this very rare, original L.O.C.L.

    pair would outdo others at any outdoor military reenactment.

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