Gold oval-eye Hadley bifocal spectacles with case

Catalogue Number: 2338
Gold oval-eye Hadley bifocal spectacles with case
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles with case
Corporation: Hadley Optical Co
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1925
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Publisher/Manufacturer: Hadley Optical Co
Description Of Item: Gold oval-eye frame, saddle bridge marked on back HADLEY 1-10, thin ridged gold curl sides, glazed with flat fused bifocal lenses plano distance, add +2.25 D, contained in brown imitation reptile skin covered metal snap case, brown velvet lined, and gold-stamped on front 'J. M. MAY / OPTICIAN / 207 BRIDGE ROAD / RICHMOND'. Glasses 115 x 32 mm overall, case 135 x 55 mm.
Historical Significance: Hadley Optical Co Ltd was a UK spectacle frame manufacturer located in Surbiton Surrey UK that rose to prominence in the 1920s and was acquired by the United Kingdom Optical Co in 1967. It was an exhibitor in the British Industries Fair 1922 (Grace's Guide to British Industrial History)
How Acquired: Donated by Bruce Dudon, spectacle maker, Woodend
Date Acquired: April 2013
Condition: Good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 13

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