Catalogue Number: 1850
Safilo shell spectacle frame
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle frame
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1980
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Italy
Description Of Item: Women's shell spectacle frame, dark violet colour, saddle bridge, right side marked 'Safilo Made in Italy', left side marked 'Malaysia 347', unglazed. 150 x 65 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