Catalogue Number: 1668
Martin Wells man's Claudius spectacle frame glazed with single vision lenses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles (with lenses)
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 dark brown and clear acetate man's spectacle frame, saddle bridge, concealed side joints, glazed with single vision toric white glass lenses, 135 x 50 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 brown fabric covered metal snap case.Spectacles only in Museum Gallery.
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.
How Acquired: Donated by OPSM (Coles and Garrard)
Date Acquired: 2003
Condition: Fair to good. Material becoming discoloured
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 15