Catalogue Number: 1884
Boy's spectacle frame, Martin Wells, 'Colt'
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle frame
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1965
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Martin Wells
Description Of Item: Unglazed boy's brown shell spectacle frame, saddle bridge, hockey sides, concealed joints, back of left rim marked 42.22, right side marked 'Frame Australia 120'. left side marked 'Martin Wells Colt'
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 that were highly popular in Australia and ushered in a new era of fashion into spectacles in Australia. In the early 1950s the most common styles were flesh and demi-amber plastic frames with full-vue lens shape and plastic hockey sides; steel frames covered with imitation tortoise shell and curl sides, and rimless glasses. They were not fashion items.
How Acquired: Donated by Elizabeth Hatfield, Fellow of the College
Date Acquired: April2011
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 16