men's : pre-1950 : k8357
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product code : k8357 : £ 175



other info
  • High quality men's frame from American Optical, first appeared in

    the second-half of the 1930's and continued into the 1940's. We

    have it appearing here from a 1941 catalogue, which mentions that

    it has a double reinforced arch bridge, beaded engraving and gold

    filled throughout - which certainly shows as it looks like new, the

    high gold fill keeping the frame corrosion free for life. The beaded

    engraving also decorates the outside of the rims and down the

    block section of the temples. The temples are set high, in the

    Ful-Vue style that had been introduced by AO in the early 30's,

    rather than the mid-set temples of earlier times. The nose pads

    are the 'rocking' style - see this AO catalogue entry from 1936

    boasting about their nose-pads. By calling it Sampson, AO were

    clearly promoting the strength of the frame, with the double

    reinforced bridge, which only appeared on the Sampson at this

    time. This pair has been recently fitted with CR39 plano MAR (anti-

    reflective/anti-scratch) coated lenses.

                                                           — klasik

vintage eyewear : mens : 1930's/40's Sampson by AMERICAN OPTICAL (USA)
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