For the earliest production in vintage B&L Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses, you'll want to find the few examples that are impressed Ray-Ban (versus B&L Ray-Ban) on top of the nose bridge and a 12k gold filled frame impressed B&L 1/10 12k GF underneath the nose bridge - and that's exactly what you see here. These vintage B&L Ray-Ban 58mm 12k GF aviator sunglasses c 1940s - early 1950s also feature early Ray-Ban RB-3 Tru Green optical glass lenses, one of the original anti-glare optical glass lenses Bausch & Lomb produced originally for the US military. The original bakelite nose pads have also survived and are another way you know these are among the earliest production of vintage Ray-Bans, and it all combines for one amazing example of vintage sunglasses that not only look great but also give you high quality optics. The frame measures approximately 5.25" temple to temple, and the teardrop aviator lenses measure approximately 2.25" x 1.875" at the widest points. As before, the top of the nose bridge is impressed Ray-Ban and the bottom of the bridge is impressed B&L 1/10 12k GF to signify the 12k gold filled frame and their highest quality gold plating. Note: these vintage Ray-Ban aviators are approximately 60 years old, but the gold plating is completely intact; we do not usually clean age tarnishing because many individuals and collectors like it as a sign of age, but it can be removed with simichrome if you prefer a shinier gold. Rare.
Item VS595 / Price: SOLD
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