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1960s by HELMECKE (GERMANY) KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear


Helmecke were established by Gerhard Helmecke in 1947,

based in northern West Germany, near the Danish border. He

built a state of the art factory and was incredibly successful,

starting out simply making frame temples and then moving

into design and manufacture of their own frames and sunglasses.

This is a large frame so we assume made for men, however

the shape could just as easily compliment a woman. The heavy

library sides - in this case in a paddle shape - lean us

more towards mens. Looks to be made in the late 1960s, with

a clean front by way of buried joints but pinned on the sides

with star head pins. The facets on the face give extra dimension

and indeed class: this would have been top of their range at

the time. Helmecke became the third largest optical company

in W Germany - just behind Metzler and Rodenstock. It was an

incredible enterprise, employing over 400 people and making

everything for their frames in-house. However, they closed in

1977 - probably as the man who started it all, was then at

retirement age. And perhaps the trend for metal frames and

competition from cheap mass-produced frames were too much.

A heady story of 30 years of superlative German eyewear and

yours to have and to hold.

                                                                  — klasik
product code : k8272 : £ 195

1960s black plastic frame marked HELMECKE

Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.


lenses : n/a

frame : very good

fit : very good


face : 130mm

lens width : 50mm (marked on frame)

lens height : 38mm

bridge : 20mm (marked on frame)

arms : 140mm