Catalogue Number: 2241
Little Miss child's spectacles with case
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles (with lenses)
Corporation: Martin Wells Pty Ltd
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1968
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Martin Wells
Description Of Item: Child's spectacles in brown shell frame with brown snap case. Glazed +2.00 DS R&L. Marked 'FRAME AUSTRALIA 125' 'Martin Wells Little Miss'. Left temple may be replacement as colour slightly different. 115 mm x 56 mm. Spectacles only in Museum Gallery.
Historical Significance: These glasses, from 1968, were the first pair worn by the donor. 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 Mrs Karen Hammill, Frankston
Date Acquired: 29.07.2013
Condition: Fair; R lens pitted, hinges corroded
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 16