American Optical Cruxite tinted lens sample set

Catalogue Number: 2233
American Optical Cruxite tinted lens sample set
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle lenses
Designer/inventor: American Optical Company
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1950
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: American Optical Company
Description Of Item: Cased set of 4 American Optical Cruxite glass lens tint samples. Lenses each 39mm diameter. Tint samples engraved: 'CRUXITE A' 'CRUXITE AX' 'CRUXITE B' 'CRUXITE C'. Maroon flock-covered box 213x76x33mm. Inside box, printed on satin lining: 'AO CRUXITE ASSURES YOUR PATIENT OF ABSORPTIVE PROTECTION AGAINST ULTRAVIOLET RAYS'.
Historical Significance: The American Optical Company of Southbridge, Mass, filed for the trademark 'Cruxite' for ophthalmic lenses on 13 October 1919, Trademark Serial No 71123724. It was given the Registration No 0130610 on May 4 1920. The trademark was cancelled on 5.12.2001
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum
Date Acquired: July 2013
Condition: Very Good
Location: Archive office. East wall shelves unit 3. Drawer 8

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