product code : k8290 :
1940s/50s metal frame marked AO
Can be glazed with
An early safety or industrial frame from American Optical, very
much styled on their Sampson frame,
seen here in a 1941 catalogue.
These safety frames were built for strength, the double-soldered
bridge keeping it rigid and aligned at all times. Needed if you were
working in WW2 as one of the
Rosie Rivetters here and
here - taking
your place alongside
the men in shipyards and munitions factories.
The difference between this and the optical Sampson is of course the
material: this is a heavy nickel frame whilst the domestic frames were
yellow gold-filled metal.
Here is a catalogue entry from 1959, the
Sampson still going and below it, the Liner, similar again to this work
frame. The arms on this frame are fibre covered for extra comfort and
the nose pads are the pink plastic self-adjusting variety. This pair retains
its safety glass lenses - stamped by AO - which are in okay condition,
considering it probably served its time on the line in WW2, but we're
offering this more as an everyday frame, for those who have an active
lifestyle and require a hard-wearing frame. It's lasted 80 or so years
and it still has the same again, we reckon.