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'Tank' Helmet with Goggles on ebay


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I was just curious if someone actually knows what this is. It sold for more than I would have guessed, so perhaps it was the real thing. I thought it might be a steampunk put-together, but who knows.

 

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I think somebody just threw away 432 dollars, that's what I think. My first impression was an early helmet and goggles for construction welders or riveters but it might just as easily be a Steampunkt put together fantasy piece.

 

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I'm glad you guys concur - I had never seen such a thing, and after visiting some steampunk sites I realize that there is a lot of this going on - taking old pieces and fitting them together to look interesting. Welding goggles are actually a staple in that industry.

 

This might be legit, but not military.

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That's what I thought. I'm not sure the clear lenses would have be especially helpful though.

 

 

Good point. Maybe they're variable density or interchangeable lenses?

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The goggles look similiar to old Wilson goggles I see here.They were quite common for work and farming to keep dirt and debris from getting in your eyes.My grandfather had similiar pairs for baleing hay and picking corn by hand etc.Some had the elastic head strap others were more like glasses with wire adjustable/bendable bows.Like modern safety glasses.My grandads were in a green metal tin marked Wilson and from the 30s or 40s.

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As a guy who loves WWI era tank stuff, yes I was. If it stayed down at .99 I was thinking of buying it for the laughs.

 

I knew it was funny because I had a pair of goggles that were nearly identical.

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these might be a little earlier than the ones used on that helmet, the adjustments are done via the chain in the middle (which seems rather archaic). Even still, these googles seem very post WWI if you ask me.

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