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Vintage Morris Motors Driving Glasses
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richardofyork86



Joined: 22 Aug 2018
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:58 pm    Post subject: Vintage Morris Motors Driving Glasses Reply with quote

Hi,

I recently came across an interesting pair of what I think are vintage driving (racing?) sunglasses during a relative's house clearance.

They are quite heavy and could be made of silver with glass lenses (tinted blue). The wrap around frames are spring loaded to fit the wearer's ears. The bridge has 'Morris Motors Ltd No 185' hand engraved. I note that Morris Motors was established in 1919 so I'm guessing by the style that they are from the 1920s/30s.

The leather visors are aged as can be seen in the photos. The glasses come in a metal case (marked '21') with what I guess is the original cleaning cloth.

Have any forum members come across this style of driving glasses before? Were they a common item for motorists during the 1920s/30s?

Please note see photos below and many thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this item.

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Rich5ltr



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know much about these but, yes they certainly do look like period sunglasses. I've also seen them in old photos of people on ski slopes.
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