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1940s/50s NHS 525 by Polden Optical Co. (ENGLAND) KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear


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 525 and was the most popular, however it changed

in the early 1950s to the more familiar shape with the high

joints which sold for the next couple of decades. But this is the

original, early shape and rarer to find today. In its heyday, there

were over 400 companies that made the NHS frames, our pair

made by a company in Egham, Surrey, called Polden Optical Co.,

long since gone, as is their factory, which is now a BP station,

sadly. (Such was the demand for free glasses on the NHS, only

after 3 years the cost nearly bankrupted the country and there

had to be an act of Parliament to start charging 1 for them.)

More widely known is the model 524, which was this front but

with the straight temples, this model 525 came with the cable

temples - these are gold-fill which is why they still look good

after 70 years. It is a small frame, so check size before you


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product code : k8257 : £ 145

1940s/50s mock-tortoise plastic frame marked NHAE KlasikVintageEyewearKlasik

Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.


lenses : n/a

frame : very good

fit : very good - cable arms


face : 118mm

lens width : 41mm

lens height : 36mm

bridge : 18mm

arms : n/a - cable arms