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Peru Bamboo

Sunglasses
1950s (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Philip Oliver Goldsmith, a salesman for a small optical firm, founded Oliver Goldsmith in London in 1926. In 1935 his son Charles 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 actor Diana Dors, Princess Grace of Monaco and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Charles Oliver Goldsmith designed this frame at a time when the plastic was cut and shaped by hand in the company workshop. The application of the bamboo was also done by hand; each piece was secured to the plastic frame by tiny screws. This style was a follow on from the full-rimmed 'Bamboo' (T.243A-1990) and allowed the fashion conscious woman a more wearable design.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitlePeru Bamboo (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Plastic and bamboo
Brief description
Plastic sunglasses 'Peru Bamboo' with applied bamboo cane, made by Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear, Great Britain, 1950s
Physical description
Plastic sunglasses in exaggerated upswept style with bamboo cane applied to the front and sides.
Credit line
Given by A. Oliver Goldsmith, in memory of his father, Charles Oliver Goldsmith
Object history
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.
Summary
Philip Oliver Goldsmith, a salesman for a small optical firm, founded Oliver Goldsmith in London in 1926. In 1935 his son Charles 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 actor Diana Dors, Princess Grace of Monaco and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Charles Oliver Goldsmith designed this frame at a time when the plastic was cut and shaped by hand in the company workshop. The application of the bamboo was also done by hand; each piece was secured to the plastic frame by tiny screws. This style was a follow on from the full-rimmed 'Bamboo' (T.243A-1990) and allowed the fashion conscious woman a more wearable design.
Collection
Accession number
T.243-1990

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Record createdJune 24, 2009
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