Ladies metal Gaspari spectacle frame, glazed

Catalogue Number: 2729
Ladies metal Gaspari spectacle frame, glazed
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles (with lenses)
Corporation: Gaspari
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1960
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: USA
Description Of Item: Brown and gold metal combination frame, 135 x 37, with diamente corner trims. The brown metal is anodised aluminium. Hockey temples both engraved on the insides with 5 1/4 (the side length), indecipherable gold-filled content, the words ' MADE IN USA ' and ' GASPARI PAT PEND. ' Adjustable pad bridge. On the back of each of the top rims is the number 4 indicating the eye size is 44 mm, and on the back of the bridge the number 18 indicating the bridge size. The frame is glazed with low power single vision glass lenses
Historical Significance: This item is an excellent example of upmarket and expensive spectacle frames of the early 1960s. The upswept eye shape was typical of the period, which developed into the more exaggerated 'cat's eye' eye shape of later years. Joseph Gaspari was an American designer of spectacles. He held patents for spectacle frame designs, dating from the 1930s
How Acquired: Donated by ACO clinic
Date Acquired: Oct 2015
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 17

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