men's : 1950-70 : k8314
product code : k8314 : £ 245
  • 1960's mock tortoise plastic frame
    marked EXECUTIVE

  • Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.

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  • We have found Executive as one of the new trade names

    registered by Hame Optical (London) in the British Optical

    Directory for 1968. And this frame does look to date from

    1968. During this year Hame were making frames in Rocel and

    in 1969, released a frame called Buccaneer. So Executive

    may be a design by Hame and it may be in Rocel - this was a

    cellulose acetate from the British company Courtaulds, who

    encouraged makers to use their material with an annual

    international design award. We don't know if Executive was

    pitching for that accolade but it certainly is exceptional and

    one that revels in the acetate used: a 7mm thick acetate in

    a rich, imitation turtleshell, measuring 140mm across a pinless

    front. There are very small plaques on the wide sides, but they

    are almost also used to set off the shaping of the arms which

    have been bevelled or carved back in an arrow-shape detail.

    This is a heavy but sculpted frame and wraps around the head,

    with hand-incised temple tips to help. It came to us hardly

    worn but has still been restored to international competition -

    or local boardroom - perfection.

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