Styled after Ben Franklin's Eyeglasses, in Pewter or Matte Gold
If you wish to create a lasting impression, consider our metal Windsors in a subtle gold matte-color, or if you prefer, in historically appropriate pewter. Both finishes are heavily laquered to make them allergy-safe. These frames are in the original colonial style, with flat oval eye-shapes, wrap-around cable temples and authentic 'saddle' bridge. Windsors are truly accurate replicas of the spectacles that have been popular in America and Europe from before the 1800's to the present.
We designed our Windsor frames as an updated version of the original "Focusers" worn by Benjamin Franklin.
Based on paintings hanging in the National Museum and actual spectacles in the Smithsonian, we know Ben Franklin wore Windsor-style frames, as did Presidents Andrew Jackson and Abe Lincoln. Later historical figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Harry Truman and John Lennon can all be seen in photographs or oil portraits, proudly wearing their Windsors. Our oval shaped Windsor Pewters come in two sizes: the historically authentic 38 mm rim width and the more modern 42mm. Our antique replicas are quite accurate in reproducing the famous Windsors. They even have the malleable, coiled-metal, wrap-around temple-cables that circle your ears. As was the style of the original spectacles, our Windsors have no nose pads, using instead a smooth, curved bridge that rests securely on the nose.
Windsors not only are outstanding as eyeglasses, but they are stunning when made as sunglasses, in the lens color of your choice with either a plain (non-prescription) UV tinted lens, as prescription sunglasses, or with a reading glass bifocal or full lens.