mens : pre-war : k5484
product code : k5484 : £ 115
  • 1920s silver metal frame marked WO C°

  • Original mid-grey glass sun lenses

  • lenses : excellent - 9

  • frame : very good

  • fit : very good - cable arms


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  • This pair is marked WO C° which stands for Willson Optical Company,

    established in 1870 in Reading, PA. By the 1920s when this pair was made

    Willson were manufacturing vast numbers of optical frames and sunglasses,

    they were particularly known for safety and work eyewear. This is a pair of

    what was called 'sun goggles' at the time, unisex and marketed for those

    who liked the outdoors, especially driving which was becoming more popular.

    Here is a catalogue page of Willson's from 1922, the N65 centre left is the

    same as ours but a slightly larger model. Theirs is a 1⅞" lens whilst ours

    measures up as 1½". Ours are what was called the 'smoke' coloured

    lenses and as was common at the time, the tints differ slightly from each

    other (see light transmissions above) but not so much so that you would

    notice when the are being worn: it is only more apparent against our white

    backdrop. The lenses are rare these days as they are made completely

    flat, which started to change in the 1930s when lenses started to adapt a

    curve. Sadly Willson no longer exist as a company, they went fully into

    safety wear in the 1980s and were later purchased by a larger company

    and eventually dissolved.

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