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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 72
Object name: Goggles
Title: Goggles
Description: A pair of wooden Inuit-style snow goggles with cross-shaped slits. Used during the British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery). While the design was found to be satisfactory in that there was no glass to cloud over, the restricted field of vision meant that they were deemed unsuitable for use on rough ice or uneven ground.
Classified name:
SPRI theme personal equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 617.7-089.2
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT goggles
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A pair of Inuit-type wooden snow goggles with cross-shaped eye slits. They are carved from a single piece of light-weight, open-grained wood with a significant curve to fit the shape of the face. The surface of the wood has been coated with something, perhaps oil or lacquer, although it is not clear what. The wood is slightly chipped around the edges, particular on the upper right hand edge. A hole has been made in either side of the goggles (square on the right side and round on the left side), through which the narrow ribbon ties (3.5mm wide), for tying the goggles round the head, have been knotted.

  • Width: 135mm, height: 42mm, depth: 40mm
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04 (Discovery) (1901 - 1904)