Catalogue Number: 1669
'Gold' metal look-over frame glazed with CR39 single vision lenses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles (with lenses)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1975
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Italy
Description Of Item: 'Gold' metal look-over spectacle frame glazed with CR39 single vision lenses, spring sides, single bridge with pads (R missing),140 x 30 mm, right side marked Safilo 145 Elaster, left side marked Frame Italy Safilo 51.19. Contained in brown mock-leather wallet case gold embossed with 'Coles and Garrard Spectacle Makers' with logo.
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 OPSM (Coles and Garrard)
Date Acquired: 2003
Condition: Fair to good. Pad missing, lenses scratched
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 15