Catalogue Number: 1614
Woman's spectacle frame, Bondi
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle frame
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Martin Wells ?
Description Of Item: Pink acetate spectacle frame, saddle bridge, concealed joints, plano lenses marked 'Bondi Specs', 132 x 53 mm, right side marked '330 Bondi 220'. left side marked '135 Frame Australia'. Bridge marked 55.12 584
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: Excellent Unused
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 15