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The story of Optyl starts with Wilhelm Anger in Austria at the end of

WW2, with his father, brother Anton and sister Anneliese producing

eyewear in Traun. By 1955 they were exporting to the world and half

of Austria were wearing Anger. Experimenting with plastics from 1953,

Anger invented and patented the material Optyl in 1964. These eyewear

pioneers evolved, diversified and innovated - from their own Carerra

and Viennaline ranges to buying the Christian Dior licence from Tura

in 1966, to bringing in international designers as their business became

a global brand. Those designers included Udo Proksch from art school

in Austria, and Sweden's first eyewear designer Hans Ingvar Lindkvist,

who worked for Anger from 1969, via designing for English firm

Raphael's (Wiseman) in 1967 as 'Hans of Sweden'. Viennaline Royal

was an exclusive range for men from Lindkvist for the Optyl Group, and

as German designer Otto Huckenbeck was responsible for Viennaline,

Lindkvist credits him too in the collection he bequeathed - now at the

Nordic Museum Sweden. In this promotional material there are three

similar "elegant" men's frames and note that Optyl had offices in

Stockholm. Lindkvist worked for the Optyl Group for nine years and

also created the boutique Cobra line and some of the early men's styles

for Christian Dior. This frame is a great angular shape - it is the pair

on right in advert - and perhaps the boldest in the range with the deep

sides with cut facets. These came in different colours, the ones we've

seen have been similar to this: not quite translucent nor solid, but a

cloudy shade, this one a mid-brown. Viennaline Royal was a premiere

range for men in this new material and we are pleased to be able to credit

this illustrious Swedish designer for his substantial contribution to eyewear,

and especially to the Optyl legend.

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product code : k8265 : £ 185

1970s brown optyl frame marked VIENNALINE ROYAL KlasikVintageEyewearKlasik

Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.


lenses : n/a

frame : good

fit : very good


face : 143mm

lens width : 54mm

lens height : 46mm

bridge : 22mm

arms : 135mm (marked on frame)