Catalogue Number: 2519
Martin Wells 'Wellsight' lookover plastic spectacle frame
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle frame
Designer/inventor: Martin Wells
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1975
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Frame Australia
Description Of Item: Dark plastic lookover spectacle frame with saddle bridge. Right temple imprinted 'Martin Wells Wellsight'. Each side impressed '140'. Left temple impressed 'FRAME AUSTRALIA'. Box size impressed on frame '46 26'. Size 135mm x 36mm.
Historical Significance: Martin Wells was an Australian spectacle frame manufacturer founded in 1953 by business man Sidney Sinclair OBE AM (1915-1999), optometrist Eric Hurst and Dino Zigarelli, a spectacle frame expert. Martin Wells produced a range of spectacle frames in the 1950s and 1960s that were highly popular in Australia and ushered in a new era of fashion into spectacles in Australia. It closed in 1998 as it was unable to compete with overseas competition.
How Acquired: Donated by David Glennie, Karingal Optical
Date Acquired: Oct 2014
Condition: Excellent, unused
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 17