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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, although

note the larger bridge. If it was an opaque material it would

look quite heavy on, given the thickness of the acetate and

the wide, library arms, but the appearance is made lighter by

the translucence of the pale grey colour. Looks to be made in the

early 1970s as the joints are buried, both front and sides when

the fashion was for a cleaner look. It is a unique shape and a

bold shape for men at the time: definitely out there. 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. NB: frame condition only

marked down to 'good' due to slight tarnish of metal inside arms,

see end photos.

                                                                  — klasik
product code : k8254 : £ 165

1970s translucent shaded pale grey plastic frame

Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.


lenses : n/a

frame : good

fit : very good


face : 135mm

lens width : 52mm (marked on frame)

lens height : 36mm

bridge : 24mm (marked on frame)

arms : 145mm (marked on frame)