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1950s Arnel by TART OPTICAL (USA) KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear


Tart Optical were an American firm started by Julius Tart in NY

in the mid-1940s. They were relatively successful but didn't reach

the heights of other US giant brands like Bausch & Lomb, Shuron

or American Optical. They closed - like many optical firms across

the world that we have mentioned on these pages - in the 1980s.

However their legacy has been strengthened by the fact that a

certain James Dean decided to wear one of their frames, the Arnel.

Retrospectively, this has given Tart cult status, so much so that

when Julius Tart died in 2008, the brand and all the past patents

and designs were swiftly bought up by a Los Angeles vintage

eyewear dealer and Tart Optical Enterprises was reborn. They

began remaking all of Tart's most iconic designs, starting with

the Arnel. You can go to their pages and read how it was first

designed in the late 1940s, but this pair looks to be about 10

years later. Our pair is in the larger size, very difficult to find

anywhere today, 46[]22 - and benefits from the longer temples.

You can spend less for a new one - made in Italy - but why would

you when you could buy a very collectible original here - made

in USA.

                                                                  — klasik
product code : k8246 : £ 695

1950s black plastic frame stamped with
Tart (TOE shield) logo

Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.


lenses : n/a

frame : very good

fit : very good


face : 128mm

lens width : 46mm (marked on frame)

lens height : 39mm

bridge : 22mm (marked on frame)

arms : 150mm (6" marked on frame)