The Browline style of glasses was created in 1947 by Jack Rohrbach, Vice President of Shuron Optical, Co. and is often said to be one of the most significant frame designs of the 20th century. This timeless and classic style remained popular during the 1950s and early 1960s. With the rise of the Hippie culture during the mid to late 60s, the Browline style seem to go out of style until the late 1970s-1980s when it seemed to come into fashion once again, especially with the introduction of Ray-Ban’s retro style ,Clubmaster eyeglasses inspired by this iconic 50s style.
Offered here for sale is an early 1960s pair of Browline sunglasses made for Revlon in Taiwan. The glasses are made of plastic with gold tone metal rims around the shades and on the front of the bridge. The taper style temple side pieces are black plastic and the trim across the browline is faux brown Mother of Pearl. The inside of the brown lenses, which I believe are plastic and not glass, have a mirrored finish which looks like polarization, but I’m not sure if the lenses are polarized. There are clear acrylic nose pieces on the inside of the bridge.
There are several issues to note. When looking at the photos you will see one of the most noticeable issues. On the gold tone rim on each side of nose, there are areas where the gold tone finish has come off. One side is worse than the other. And, on the left side piece, there are areas with what appears to be scratches in the plastic along the bottom of the black plastic. These can be seen as well as felt, but being on the side pieces is definitely not as objectionable as if it was on the Mother of Pearl trim at the front of the sunglasses. The gold paint that was used to put the Revlon trademark on the inner temple piece has worn off a bit as well as the paint on the “Made in Taiwan”. The lenses are in good condition with little to no signs of scratches.
Label: Revlon, Made in Taiwan
Width across Mother of Pearl Browline: 6”
Lens Width: 2 ¼”
Lens Height: 1 ¾”
Bridge Size: ½”
Temple Length: 6”
Temple Width: ¼”
This seller is a proud member of The Vintage Fashion Guild (VFG) and The Costume Society of America (CSA)