c1953-1955 Rare Claire McCardell Metallic Check Sunglasses
These are fabulous and quite rare. McCardell was known for her ability to make sportswear chic and she as one of the early designers to not just offer up a dress but she produced the entire look - including sunglasses. I have included an ad from 1953 and also found examples of her work held at The Met. These are a great example with their bright metallic painted plastic frames. They are a classic cat eye with the original lenses.
Marked Claire McCardell on the inner arm. The pattern appears to be hand painted or fused int the plastic. I see no major scratches or marks on the lenses and believe that they are the original as they feel to be glass. Note that the inner nose pads have disintegrated and fallen off completely. Part of me suspects they were added later anyway but in any case they are no longer there. They sit fine on the face as is.
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