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Sunglasses - Little Serpent

Little Serpent

  • Object:

    Sunglasses

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plastic

  • Credit Line:

    Given by A. Oliver Goldsmith, in memory of his father, Charles Oliver Goldsmith

  • Museum number:

    T.243G-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Philip Oliver Goldsmith, a salesman for a small optical firm, founded the Oliver Goldsmith eyewear company in London in 1926. In 1935 his son Charles Goldsmith entered the firm with the aim of making glasses a fashion item. From the company's offices in Poland Street, his sons A. Oliver and Ray Goldsmith built upon the company's reputation for attention-grabbing designs and solicited celebrity endorsement for their products. Key clients included Lord Snowdon, the actress Diana Dors, Princess Grace of Monaco and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Charles Oliver Goldsmith designed this frame in the 1950s when the plastic for eyeglasses was still cut and shaped by hand. This frame was likely created for press purposes and is typical of Goldsmith's whimsical post-war designs.

Physical description

White plastic sunglasses with green serpents cut-out along the top.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1955 (made)

Artist/maker

Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Plastic

Object history note

Registered File number 1990/200.
These glasses form part of a design archive of the British eyewear company Oliver Goldsmith. The archive, which consists of approximately 70 glasses frames from the 1930s to the late 1980s, was donated by A. Oliver Goldsmith, grandson of the founder, and former chief designer at the firm. A. Oliver Goldsmith donated the material to the V & A in memory of his father Charles Goldsmith.

Descriptive line

Plastic sunglasses 'Little Serpent' with serpents along the top, made by Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, Great Britain, ca. 1955

Materials

Plastic

Subjects depicted

Serpents

Categories

Accessories; Fashion; Plastic; Europeana Fashion Project; Eyewear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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