Catalogue Number: 3404
Men's Safilo shell library frame, unglazed
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle frame
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1980
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Italy
Publisher/Manufacturer: Safilo Group S.p.A
Description Of Item: Translucent brown coloured (692) shell men's library style spectacle frame, 120 x 45 mm, fitted with zero power plastic template 'lenses (not corrective lenses), saddle bridge, hockey sides with elastic 'springs'. Marked inside of the right side '145 Elasta 1026 / FRAME / Italy 693' and inside the left side '145' which is the side length and on the bridge '46/18'
Historical Significance: Safilo Group S.p.A. is an Italian company that designs, produces and distributes prescription frames, sunglasses, sports eyewear, ski goggles and helmets, and cycling helmets under its own five house brands and 22 licensed brands. It was founded in 1934 after Guglielmo Tabacchi purchased Italy's first industrial complex for producing lenses and frames in Pieve di Cadore. Their products are primarily manufactured in three Italian facilities with additional plants in Slovenia, one in United States and one in China, and are marketed in 130 countries, In 2012, it was the second largest optical frame and sunglasses company after Luxottica.
How Acquired: Donated by Elizabeth Hatfield, Fellow of the College
Date Acquired: Aug 2017
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 1