1950-1970 : k8368
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product code : k8368 : £ 85
  • 1950's layered black on crystal plastic frame
    marked AMERICAN OPTICAL

  • Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.

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  • Whenever one sees an American frame from this period with the

    maker's logo forming the front plaques, it more often than not

    denoted a 'safety' frame, or a frame used for work. Unscrupulous

    sellers of vintage eyewear may not always make a buyer aware of

    this. In our opinion it doesn't detract from the frame itself and we

    we feel it is better to give the piece its proper context. These

    frames don't have side shields, so were the first level protective

    plastic frame, sturdy and comfortable for work every day and

    could take plano or very strong prescription safety lenses and

    even tinted ones. Given the half-clear colourway of the zyl, these

    would have been more middle management or scientist than factory

    floor, and would have moved easily out of workplace. Likely to date

    from the late 1950's and into the 60's. We have marked the

    condition down to 'good' only due to the slight discolouration of the

    metal of the left arm curl end, under the plastic covering. This is

    the only minus and won't be be seen, tucked behind the ear.

    Otherwise, it's perfect.

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vintage eyewear : mens : 1950's safety frame by AMERICAN OPTICAL (USA)
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