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1920s/30s work/safety sun goggles by BAO (UK) KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear KlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewearKlasikVintageEyewear


American Optical is probably the oldest optical company (1833)

in the USA still going today. For the last couple of decades

they haven't made eyewear however they were recently bought

up by Europa Eyewear who have started making frames by AO,

including remaking some classics like the original pilot glasses

(from 1958) and the Saratoga, as worn by JFK. Of course if you

still want the original AO sunglasses, you know where to come.

Anyway, AO set up a factory here in England in 1917 which

became British American Optical where this pair of safety goggles

was made, probably in the 1920s or 30s. So it is nearing a

century old but still very wearable. The side shields are an

acrylic material, tinted a dark racing green and housed in a

nickel silver metal framework, tarnished with age. The lenses

are the early flat type in a sunglass tint offering uv protection,

so possibly for an outside worker, railwayman for example. The

wire temples are showing some age too, but still function.

Bonus: here is the 2nd BAO factory they opened in Kidwelly,

Wales, just after the war.

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product code : k5399 : £ 145

1920s/30s silver metal frame marked BAO KlasikVintageEyewearKlasik

Original grey glass lenses


lenses : fair - 4

frame : fair

fit : good - cable temples


face : 130mm

lens width : 48mm

lens height : 48mm

arms : n/a - cable arms

lens spec

uv transmission % : 2

light transmission (LTF) % : 24

uv protection y/n : y