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1940s/50s NHS 424 by Algha Optical Co. ENGLAND KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear


The Windsor frame was first patented by the American Optical company

back in the 1920's, so it is interesting to note that the Algha company

in England came to be purchased by AO in the 1980's. Albeit then let go

later on. The firm was started in 1932, by Max Wiseman, who came to

East London from Germany. The Algha Optical Works only recently closed

after they became the prestigious Savile Row frames in the mid-80's - but

this Windsor is an example of their amazing expertise in metal frames,

from the heyday of the post-war period. It's incredible that nearly 100

years later, the very wearable Windsor-type frame endures in popularity.

This pair has very dark red - which appear black - zylonite rims paired

with a slightly lighter shade arms: we have seen these contrasting arms

and fronts before. Cable arms keep the frame snugly on and the gold-fill

metal gives them durability, probably also a little glimmer of luxury in

those dull days in the UK after WW2. In 1948 here in Britain we decided

to offer free glasses on the National Health Service - and this pair is

one of them. It is model 424 and might have been free, however only after

3 years the millions of people queueing for free glasses nearly bankrupted

the country, so that in 1951 there was an Act of Parliament to start charging

1 for them. In its heyday, there were over 300 companies that made the

NHS frames, Algha being one of them. It is a gold-fill frame which is why it

still looks good after 70 or so years. It is a small frame, so check size before

you buy.

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product code : k8251 : £ 135

1940s/50s very dark claret plastic on gold fill Windsor frame
marked ALGHA

Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.


lenses : n/a

frame : very good

fit : very good - cable arms


face : 113mm

lens width : 37mm

lens height : 37mm

bridge : 24mm

arms : n/a - cable arms