Catalogue Number: 2084
Martin Wells Lorrelite spectacle frame and a spectacle frame front without trim
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle frame
Corporation: Martin Wells Pty Ltd
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1960s
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Publisher/Manufacturer: Martin Wells Pty Ltd
Description Of Item: (1) Martin Wells, crystal shell Lorrelite spectacle frame, unglazed, without front trims.. R temple marked '140 Martin Wells Lorrelite'; L temple marked 'Frame Australia 140', back of front marked with size '46/24' (2) Martin Wells brown shell spectacle frame front, marked with size 46/22 on back of frame front, unglazed and without trim.
Historical Significance: Martin Wells was an Australian spectacle frame manufacturer founded 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.
How Acquired: Donated by Martin Gertler. formerly of York Optical Melbourne
Date Acquired: July 2012
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive office. East wall shelves unit 3. Drawer 7