Catalogue Number: 3619
Safilo Sliding PD rule in brown leather pouch
Sub-Category: PD ruler, pupillometer
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Description Of Item: Steel bar labelled Safilo 170 mm x 11 mm x 5 mm with centimetre graduations 0 to 15 on the top edge and 40 to 90 on the lower edge. One fixed and one adjustable perspex attachments with cross hairs allow measurement of pupillary distance to be read off the lower scale at the left edge of the fluted adjustment slide. The back of the bar has the letters MIM enclosed in an oval, PATENT. B.I. 7264 A/67 - M.U. 5409 B/67 imprinted. Leather pouch is shaped to fit the handle and protect the perspex attachments.
Historical Significance: Safilo Group S.p.A. is one of the largest eyewear companies in the world. It designs, produces and distributes prescription frames, sunglasses, sports eyewear, ski goggles, ski and cycling helmets under its own five 'House' brands and about thirty licensed brands. Their products are primarily manufactured in three Italian facilities with an additional plant in Slovenia, one in USA and one in China and are marketed in 130 countries worldwide. Safilo Group S.p.A. was founded in 1934 by Guglielmo Tabacchi when he purchased Italy's first industrial complex for producing lenses and frames in Pieve di Cadore.
How Acquired: Donated by Robert Kaye
Date Acquired: 4/3/2014
Location: Archive office. East wall shelves unit 3. Drawer 10