BERND ROSEMEYER A pair of high-quality racing goggles "Protector" by E.B. Meyrovitz of Paris, worn by the driver during his racing career in the mid-1930s; chromium-plated adjustable frames having curved laminated glazed lenses, with wide elastic strap band, stamped inscribed "Protector" to bridge-piece and "Made in Italy" to frames;contained in leather carrying-case inscribed 'E.B. Meyrovitz - Paris'; sorbo-rubber cheek protection perished and worn.
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Provenance: This pair of goggles were presented to the vendor, an official of the welcoming committee by Mrs Elly Beinhorn Rosemeyer, (the pre-war aviatrix) on the occasion of her visit to Mantua in 1974, where she was feted by the Automobile Club della Mantova and re-introduced to Carolina Nuvolari widow of the late Tazio Nuvolari the pre-war Italian Champion. During the war the family home was bombed in the Berlin raids, and most of Rosemeyer's trophies and personal racing mementos were lost. These goggles and a handful of cups were all that could be saved from the house. A signed letter of authenticity is accompanied by a period newspaper article describing Mrs. Elly Beinhorn Rosemeyer's visit dated Saturday 6th April 1974.