mens : pre-war : k5450
product code : k5450 : £ 135
  • 1910s-20s silver metal frame, unmarked

  • Original mid-green/yellow mineral glass sun lenses



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  • This frame looks to be made in the early Edwardian period

    although the style was made from the last part of the

    18th century. It is known as the Riding Bow frame as the

    cable temples would help keep the frame on when riding a

    horse. Of course, when cars became popular after WW1,

    this style became less necessary and gradually disappeared.

    We've seen this shape in numerous catalogues up until the

    1920s sold as both frames and with sun lenses. There is

    nothing to signify what the metal is (ie a mark for silver or

    a brand-name), so from an early catalogue in our collection

    it could be 'white metal; 'nickel plated': 'steel nickel plated'

    or maybe Alumnico (aluminium). And it was obviously a

    success as look at it here: 100 years on and it looks fantastic.

    The lenses are the flat type made up until the 1940's, here in

    a pale colour but with excellent uv protection. We think the

    colour may be the lightest of the Euphos tints available then

    - a yellow-green, that came out in 1907. NB: these frames

    were meant to be small as they were intended to frame the

    eyes, not the face as frames do today. But it is a size that

    would fit men or women.

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