vintage spectacles from Ipcress File


These original vintage glasses come courtesy of Curry & Paxton and were immediately recognizable thanks to the hexagonal pinwork on the hinges. You see the frames in all three of the Harry Palmer films and they appear again as sunglasses in The Italian Job. But the company wasn’t a product of the 1960s; in fact, its origins reach back to the previous century. It was founded in 1876 as Pickard & Curry, an eyewear specialist that established a solid reputation in the London market and eventually went into business with George Paxton Snr. Thus, in 1920, Curry & Paxton was born. It had a democratic attitude to business: on the one hand it supplied frames to the NHS, on the other it supplied frames to HRH the Duke Of Windsor, who liked them so much that he awarded the firm a royal warrant.

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The vintage spectacles worn by Michael Caine in the movie Ipcress File.



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