Catalogue Number: 1854
Women's prescription sunglasses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles (with lenses)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1980
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Italy
Description Of Item: Women's shell spectacle frame, olive green and cream colours, saddle bridge, right side marked 'Safilo', left side marked 'TEA 356', glazed with green tinted CR 39 lenses, aprox -2.00 D, 152 x 62 mm.
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 Ka-Yee Lian, member of the College
Date Acquired: Dec 2007
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 16