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Goggles

Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance)
Materials: glass, metal, leather, textile, textile > elastic
Dimensions: 142mm (width), 38mm (height), 30mm (depth)
Date: 1914-1916
Ref no: Y: 2003/1

A pair of wire gauze snow goggles with green glass lenses used by Ernest Shackleton on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-16 (Endurance). Shackleton was aided by the Norwegian whalers, in particular Harald Nilsen from Sandefjord, to whom he gave these goggles.

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 leather to prevent the metal touching the face and causing frostbite. The eye pieces have a metal loop on the inside corners to take a strip of textile which forms the bridge across the nose and joins the eye pieces together. There is a metal loop on the outside corner on the left side (face on) with an elastic strap; a black strip of textile has been stitched to the right side to which an elastic strap has then been stitched. The elastic straps are knotted together at the back.

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