Vintage tortoiseshell and bakelite eyeglass frames started appearing sometime in the early 1900's. The European made frames were generally made of real tortoiseshell while the American made frames were made of Bakelite and other types of plastic. The color usually was tortoise, black or a deep dark brown. They are loosely based on the Windsor style but with a heavier look due to their thicker frames. Made popular by the actor Harold Lloyd who wore them in his famous 1917 film Over the fence and in every one of his film's since. Some give him credit as being the first person to make it fashionable to wear eyeglasses. For some reason we don't see many of this style around today.
Check out our Sizing Chart
Frame width: The total front width from the outside of the frames.
Between Arms: The total width between the two arm's from the inside. We only give this measurement on frames with thick arms where this size is significantly different then the total frame width.
Lens width: The size of the actual lens, not including the frame around it.
Bridge size: Measured as the space between the two lenses.
Temple length: Measured from the hinge at the front, all the way around the bend to the end, as if the arms were straightened out.
Note: Vintage Eyeglasses tend to run much smaller than modern ones. They were worn much closer to the face. For the best selection of vintage frames, consider wearing the minimum size that would fit you. You can start out by measuring a current pair that fits you and seeing how much smaller you can go. Most frames we sell are medium vintage size. While this would be considered smaller in today's day in age, they will fit most people.
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The Vintage Optical Shop is commited to bringing you the best in vintage eyewear. We choose to focus solely on vintage eyeglass frames and do not deal with Prescription lenses.
You can get prescription lenses for your frames at your local optician. All of our frames are guaranteed Rx-friendly. Please note, some opticians are not comfortable working with vintage eyeglass frames. Make sure to find an optician that is comfortable working with Vintage Eyewear.
There are also many mail-in lens replacement labs that are happy to work with vintage frames. One such Company is Eyeglasspeople.com.
Should you not be happy with your purchase for any reason, you can return them for an exchange or refund, no questions asked.
To qualify for a refund, you must contact us within 7 days of receiving them to let us know you plan on returning them. We will give you a RMA number to write on the outside of the box. All returns for refund must be postmarked within 7 days of receving them.
If you would like to return your eyeglasses in exchange for a different pair, please contact us within 30 days of recieving them and let us know which pair it is you would like instead.