Martin Wells Men's Library style spectacles

Catalogue Number: 3634
Martin Wells Men's Library style spectacles
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles (with lenses)
Corporation: Martin Wells
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1980
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Martin Wells
Description Of Item: Black shell men's spectacles in the 'Library' style, 125 x 45 mm, saddle bridge, hockey sides, concealed joints, glazed with later multicoated plano lenses for theatrical use. Marked inside right temple 140 Martin Wells Saturn 2000 and inside left temple FRAME AUSTRALIA 140, and on left nose pad engraved 48-20
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 manufacturers.
How Acquired: Donated by Jim Spencer
Date Acquired: Jul 2018
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 17

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