I have been doing a little research on vendors that offer period correct reprodcutions of eye glasses to update my unit's authenticity guidelines. Our guidelines instruct new recruits on selecting appropriate original frames as the primary preferred choice. However I wanted to also add a few sources of repro frames for the perosn who does not want to use originals (or find it hard to get someone to work on originals for fear of breaking them which I have personally experienced).
I have found the following vendors. Can anyone speak of the specific products offered by these four vendors? Have you seen these products first hand? What is the quality of the craftmanship? If you have expertise on historic eye glasses (i.e. you are a collector/researcher/etc...) please inject thoughts on the authenticity of these items. Some of these repro's are pricey so I can't afford to buy them all just to check them out.
1. Vendor: Focusers Model: The McAllister model $45+ S&H http://www.focusers.com/mcallister.html
2. Vendor: The Grand Spectacle Model: 1984-1860 Rectangle $85 frames + $85 for your prescription lenses.
I understand these are a little pre-period and out of style but I am sure plenty were around.
3. Vendor: Jas Townsend Model: Rectangle Glasses $30
4. Vendor: Historic Eyewear Company Model: Various styles $179
All of his styles have the slide back temples. I know them to be period correct but it is my understanding not as common as the straight temples with no slides.
Thoughts? Comments? Am I missing any vendors?
Thanks for your help.