Catalogue Number: 1671
Martin Wells man's Claudius spectacle frame glazed with photochromic lenses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles with case
Corporation: Martin Wells
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1970
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Martin Wells
Description Of Item: Half tone smoke brown and clear acetate man's spectacle frame, saddle bridge, concealed side joints front and side, glazed with high plus single vision photochromic lenses, 140 x 58 mm, right side marked 150 Martin Wells Claudius, left side marked Frame Australia 150. Size 50.21 marked on back of left front. Contained in blue fabric covered metal snap case. Faded print out of the prescription in case.
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. The Claudius frame may have been produced exclusively for Coles & Garrard. A frame with the same eyewire shape and keyhole bridge was designated Nero and available to all optometrists.
How Acquired: Donated by OPSM (Coles and Garrard)
Date Acquired: 2003
Location: Archive computer iPhoto