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Goggles

Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance)
Materials: glass, leather, metal, textile > velvet
Dimensions: 140mm (width), 40mm (height), 30mm (depth)
Date: 1914-1916
Ref no: N: 878a

A pair of coloured snow goggles made for J.M. Wordie for use during the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Epedition 1914-16 (Endurance).

Physical description:

A pair of snow goggles with green glass lenses. The lenses are fitted into metal frames, with wire gauze sides and metal rims which have been covered with a fawn-coloured velvet textile to prevent the metal touching the face and causing frostbite. The eye pieces have a metal staple on the inside corners to take an adjustable leather strap (with buckle) which forms the bridge across the nose and joins the eye pieces together, and on the outside corners to take the leather straps for tying the goggles round the head. The leather straps are 9mm wide, with a small buckle on one strap and thirteen holes on the other. The goggles would fold in half at the nose and tuck into the accompanying leather case (N: 878b), marked ‘Rowley & Co., Ltd. // Dispensing Opticians // Manchester & Branches’.

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