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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection



Accession no.: N: 78
Object name: Goggles
Title: Goggles
Description: A pair of snow goggles with green glass lenses. Used by Frank Debenham during the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova).
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 goggles with green glass lenses, leather frames, mica sides and a string headband. Each lens is sandwiched between two leather rims, and on top of the inner rim is a plastic rim – all of which have been stitched together. This has all been stitched to the mica side pieces, which have lots of small regularly-placed holes for ventilation, as well as holes made for the stitches. The mica is clear, but has been covered with a black coating, presumably to reduce glare, which is scratched in many places and some of the mica is missing on the right side. A piece of textile has been wrapped over the edge of the goggles where they touch the face and roughly stitched in place. The eye pieces are joined together across the nose with leather on the outside, and show signs of repair on the inside, although it is not clear with what. The string headband has an adjustable slip knot, enabling it to be pulled tight with ease. The string is stitched to the plastic sides of the goggles.

  • Width: 168mm, height: 60mm, depth: 36mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Debenham, Frank (1910 - 1913)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)