UP FOR SALE IS A GENUINE PAIR OF WINDSOR EYEGLASSES MANUFACTURED BY BAUSCH & LOMB (USA), CIRCA 1889 AND WELL OVER 125 YEARS OLD, YET STILL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. ABSOLUTELY NO DIRT, NO GRIME, NO TARNISH, NO CORROSION AND 100% READY FOR YOUR LENSES... REPORTS SHOW WHITE GOLD WINDSOR EYEGLASSES ARE 100,000 TIMES AS RARE AS THEIR YELLOW GOLD COUSINS. INCLUDED IS AN EXTRA PAIR OF ANTIQUE NEW STOCK TEMPLE STEMS! John Lennon of the Beatles owned several pairs of these awesome, iconic eyeglasses.
You wanted the best and now you've found THE ABSOLUTE VERY BEST!! The back of the bridge is clearly stamped 1/10TH - 12K.
Make no mistakes folks, these are 100% authentic... Bausch & Lomb, also made the highly desirable aviator frames, often referred to as Ray Ban. Windsor frames were also manufactured by American Optical (holds the patent) and Shur-ON and all of them are considered of equal quality. The frames measure approximately 4 5/8 inches from hinged edge to hinged edge. The rims are 38MM, perfectly round and exactly the same size as John Lennon wore.
The bridge is set at 20MM. The beautiful, original, curled cabled temple stems are 6.0 inches in total length, are used as well and I've added a pair of NEW ANTIQUE STOCK temple stems to back them up and will these will fit most small to medium sized adults. I encourage you to check with me first before going somewhere else as I WILL save you a chunk of change on parts and I encourage you to keep my contact information on file in case anything goes wrong with these in the future. Drop one of those tiny screws and they're gone forever and not easy to find if you need to replace.My labor is 100% FREE. These eyeglass frames are absolutely AWESOME! To do so would be quite ludicrous, as to be in actual mint condition, they would have to be encapsulated like a coin and untouched by any hands ever. The best and honest way to describe these is in " Excellent Condition ", despite the fact they are well over 100 years old.
A true antique item for sure. The black GOLD printed case that comes with these is also in great condition, era specific and the back hinge is fully in tact. The printing on the top of the case is actually REAL GOLD. It's difficult to find vintage and antique cases in excellent condition. The Metal and some History.
The frames are made of 1/10th White Gold Filled. Gold filled, is a heavy bonding of solid gold and in this case over brass, copper or coin silver (90% pure silver). The 1/10th means that the total weight of the gold used to make these must weigh at least 10% of the entire weight of the metal. Many folks have found that these often produce much more gold in scrap than what is reported or stamped on the back because the gold was applied by hand, much the same way thread is spooled onto the eyes of a fishing pole.I've seen yields of gold over 15%. They were manufactured in the year 1889.
The exact position of where the bridge arms attach to the rims, also helps determine the year of manufacturing. You think I've done enough research?
No one, on this planet, has researched these iconic frames more than myself. Please read on and learn.. The major, highest production years were 1880, 1885, 1889 and 1909. It took 27, different skilled craftsmen to make them. In the photos of John Lennon above, John Lennon is wearing Yellow Gold Windsor frames with the Convex style saddle bridge.
Be advised, John Lennon wore both styles, including the concave saddle bridge variety, so either of them are considered authentic to John Lennon. "John Lennon owned only one pair of White Gold Windsor frames", quote Yoko Ono.. The Fame and additional History.
According to Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, John Lennon owned over 40 pairs of gold, wire rimmed eyeglasses. The Windsor frames are also worn by Sean and Julian Lennon. These frames were also made famous and were worn by Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Ghandi, Groucho Marks and even David Letterman, Whoopee Goldberg, Sting and Ozzy Osbourne wear these same frames, along with a slew of other famous rock musicians.Everyone felt John Lennon was trying to make a fashion statement, when he first started wearing these late in the year 1966 but the truth is, "he fancied the way the curled, cabled stems wrap around his face" and would not fall off or even shift. They're highly sought after by both avid Beatles collectors and antique eyeglass dealers, musicians, motorcycle and horse riders. I love them for fishing, boating and picking weeds in the garden. When they are as exquisite as these, they can command a much higher value as well.
It don't get much better than this folks. These eyeglass frames will not need to be cleaned or polished for a very long time.
Even the bezels are clean. With my used frames, the lenses are removed to completely to clean and polish the bezels, which is vital to obtain a solid fit when installing new lenses. No dirt, no grime, no tarnish, no corrosion anywhere on this pair of truly antique spectacles, yet still in EXCELLENT CONDITION. They also tend to make heads turn and I'm often asked about them when I'm wearing mine.
They're awesome folks and look great on both female or male adults and children alike and are also the exact same used in the Harry Potter trilogies, however Harry's were covered with an era specific, special organic plastic called "Zylonite" or just plain "Zylo" made from the tree sap of Gum trees. These eyeglasses come with a very handsome, steel / hard antique eyeglass case that's also in EXCELLENT CONDITION and "Era Specific" with its outer finish still very much intact at the hinge. The frames were stored properly over the many years and came from a lady in West Virginia, who is a retired optician and who's father, grandfather and great grandfather were also opticians. Four generations of opticians and these were part of her great grandfather's collection. The case show only slight wear to the blue, interior felt, where the frame's metal touched.
The outer, black, textured, faux leather, still looks nice and is 100% intact. These frames are more popular than ever... I'm talking about THE REAL THING. Even those that have John Lennon's name engraved or embossed on them are not authentic and quite inferior to these. I'm still pinching myself..
I'm happy to present to you, a genuine pair of Bausch & Lomb Windsor eyeglass frames in TRUE EXCELLENT CONDITION! I've lowered my costs and folks have been pounding it often.
You know what to do. Check my feedback and see for yourself.They also have pastel and bright colored lenses available which can be difficult to obtain from other lens makers. The item "BEATLES JOHN LENNON ANTIQUE VINTAGE GENUINE B & L WINDSOR EYEGLASSES XLT COND" is in sale since Thursday, January 24, 2019. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Vintage\Vintage Accessories\Eyeglasses". The seller is "asylumrockmusic" and is located in Spokane, Washington. This item can be shipped worldwide.