Catalogue Number: 1616
Martin Wells woman's spectacle frame, Joan
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle frame
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1965 to 1975
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Martin Wells
Description Of Item: Woman's spectacle frame, Slate blue on upper rim, clear on lower parts of the rim, small trim on joint rivets, keyhole bridge, unglazed, right side marked ' 135 Martin Wells Joan', lerft side marked ' Frame Australia 135'. Size 42/24 marked on back of frame front.
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. In the early 1950s the most common styles were flesh and demi-amber plastic frames with full-vue lens shape and plastic hockey sides; steel frames covered with imitation tortoise shell and curl sides, and rimless glasses. They were not fashion items.
How Acquired: Donated by ACO Clinic
Date Acquired: Oct 2010
Condition: Good Some yellowing of clear plastic
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 15