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Can anyone identify these 2 visors or suggest a better category?  I have no idea what country they are from!  Thanks

 

First one...

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Second one...

 

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First one looks like the inner part of a WWI British Tank Crew splatter Face Mask

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Sadly, 'WWI tanker masks' are now a regular item on eBay and a very high percentage of them are modern fakes.  While the first one looks a little like those issued to British and French armoured troops, the padding would be completely inadequate in use. 

The one with the 'cross slits' has a screw on the face, which would become an extra piece of shrapnel on the inside of the mask if struck by a bullet or fragment.  It also has what look like elastic straps, which would be very unlikely, IMO, on a military issue piece.  Again, the padding looks too thin to be very useful.

I don't think these are military, but somebody's private experiments in face protection.  Blacksmith?  Welder? 'Inventor' ???

Peter

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Peter, the first are anti splinter googles used by USAAF bomber crews . specifically gunners . gunners wear also M1 helmets and protective vest . regarding the second mask i see that thing on a photo of USA soldiers in WW1 . 

The USAAF googles were called Anti Flak googles

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I'll shut up now!  I have a book on 'armour' from WWII, somewhere, but these looked so primitive I couldn't believe they were issued.  My bad. :(

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Peter, I have been following this thread and was also looking in my WWI material for photos of these "masks" to no avail. On the other hand if I had been a betting man I would have made a small (very small) wager that these were fairly modern remakes or even fantasy items. After reading Bayern's reply I'm happy I didn't waste my money, once again proving, "Wagering bad, collecting good" is the best motto.I also wish this was the first time I was wrong. A few years ago I passed by a really nice supposed British sword at a show thinking there was never such a thing only to find out recently that it was a very rare experimental Pattern. It is so hard knowing everything while I lack so much knowledge. 😞

Regards

Brian

  

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3 hours ago, Brian Wolfe said:

Peter, I have been following this thread and was also looking in my WWI material for photos of these "masks" to no avail. On the other hand if I had been a betting man I would have made a small (very small) wager that these were fairly modern remakes or even fantasy items. After reading Bayern's reply I'm happy I didn't waste my money, once again proving, "Wagering bad, collecting good" is the best motto.I also wish this was the first time I was wrong. A few years ago I passed by a really nice supposed British sword at a show thinking there was never such a thing only to find out recently that it was a very rare experimental Pattern. It is so hard knowing everything while I lack so much knowledge. 😞

Regards

Brian

  

I completely agree that when something doesn't look or feel right it's better to pass it on.... unless you believe that the price is so good and/or the item is so good that you can live with finding out it is a copy/reproduction or even a flat out fake. Now granted I do not spend large amounts on collecting as I have two businesses to run and simply can't rationalize large spendings on frivolous" things ;) and so I spend smaller amounts (few hundred here or there) on items that I feel are real or at least worth the money. 

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Thanks for the comments, folks.  Bayern, in that WW1 photo of the second mask being worn by American soldiers, what kind of unit were they?

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Luftmensch . They are a number  of pics in the web .you must enter : Body armour of WW1 or Brewster Body armour , or German Body armour ww1 . I remember a pic under the caption of German body armour of ww1 ,that shows a man with a sort of lamellar armor ,a round capacet or cabacet and the goggles with the cross like eye slots

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As Brian stated... the first one appears to be a usaaf splinter goggles or WWII USAF AAF AIR FORCE flak goggles

see here: https://stewartsmilitaryantiques.com/us-wwii-usaaf-flak-splinter-goggles.44097.archive.htm

 

The second one appear to be British splinter goggles.

see here: https://www.ww2civildefence.co.uk/goggles.html

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On 13/05/2020 at 08:01, Luftmensch said:

Thanks for the comments, folks.  Bayern, in that WW1 photo of the second mask being worn by American soldiers, what kind of unit were they?

WWII USAF bomber crew

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Oh, well done.  I did, as I say, once own and read the one on the USAAF's body armour for WWII bomber crews, but so long ago I'd forgotten what they looked like.  But , the British  'splinter googles' are completely new.  I wonder how common they were. 

And, from the photo, what I saw as a design flaw - the protruding screw head - was actually a 'feature', allowing the eye shields to be opened and closed.  Very very interesting.  I wonder if there are photos of them in use too?

Peter

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VERY nice sleuthing, you guys.  Thanks for the positive IDs!

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