Catalogue Number: 2749
Protective goggles with green plano lenses and surrounding wire gauze shields
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Protective eyewear
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1900
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Goggles with small green tinted plano glass lenses, oval shape, 28 mm in horizontal diameter , and wire mesh shields surrounding each lens. The two eye pieces are joined by a brown cord and a cord attached to rings on the outer corners of the shields serves to secure the goggles on the face.
Historical Significance: A catalogue undated but printed about 1913 of Australian optical wholesaler, Arthur Cocks and Co, illustrates a similar item, item N201 Fig 42 but it appears to have a metal bridge. The illustration shows a small round tin for storage, which would require the goggles to be collapsed when stored. The cord joining the two eye pieces on this item may be the original design.
How Acquired: Donated by John Boxshall, Carlton
Date Acquired: Mr 2009
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 3