Rare and authentic vintage 1940s metal framed, leather blinkered American Optical motorcycle goggles look great as regular sunglasses, ski and snowboard glasses, or they're ready for your Harley or Cessna. There American Optical goggles were one of the transformative points in optical innovation as AO, a contemporary and often collaborator with Bausch & Lomb during these years, came out with rugged, durable, and stylish frames with leather protective side blinkers that could be worn driving early cars or motorcycles without the enclosed environments of today. Note the widely spaced double nose bridge that adds plenty of design flair, and the shooter ear stems curve beyind the ears to provide the most secure fit possible for active outdoor pursuits. The wire ear stems slot through the leather side blinkers that adorn each side of these vintage steampunk goggles, and if you haven't worn sunglasses that have the side blinkers you'll really like how they protect your eyes from side wind and glare. The unisex steampunk frame measures approximately 5.675" temple to temple, and the round mineral glass lenses measure approximately 1.875" in diameter and on some production both lenses are laser etched with the early mark shared by AO and B&L during war year production. The rear of the nose bridge is impressed AO Co. 72, part of a great collection of antique and vintage eyewear in Dallas, Texas.
Item VS066 / Price: $385.00
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