men's : pre-1950 : k8354
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product code : k8354 : £ 145
  • 1930's/40's mock tortoise plastic frame marked
    MANTOR

  • Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.

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  • The inside of both temples of this frame are stamped MANTOR

    which was the name that Max Wiseman Ltd (founded 1898)

    chose for their spectacle frames - and first used in Great Britain

    in 1935. The Mantor factory in London was created by Wiseman

    in 1934, specifically to make their plastic frames. The modernity

    and possibilities of plastic were now taking off in eyewear and we

    believe that this frame was made in that decade, or possibly

    the next. The high bridge, perimetric eye-shape and flattened

    rims made for a very forward-looking, modern frame style and

    shows off Mantor's plastic 'tortoiseshell', with its lively, irregular

    light and dark tones and stripes. The metal cores go down the

    length of the snub-ended library temples and the 5-charnier

    hinges hold the impressive front, with the pins front and sides

    subtly embedded and highly-polished. Mantor frames were the

    best of new British innovation and production allied to tradition

    and craftsmanship, and this pair is in remarkable condition,

    looking as though it has stepped straight out from the factory

    onto those 1930's/40's London streets.

                                                           — klasik

vintage eyewear : mens : 1930's/40's by M. WISEMAN (UK)
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