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These classic cat eye glasses were made from 12K gold-filled metal in the 1950s by Universal Optical. They boast a stunning etched leaf pattern at the corners of the browline and along the temples. They contain bifocal lenses, but if those don’t work for you, you could take them to an optician and they could easily replace the lenses with your own prescription lenses, or blank ones. A classic, stylish accessory to add a vintage touch to any outfit!

These eyeglasses are in great vintage condition, showing typical wear such as yellowing to the plastic of the temples and nose pads, along with some wear to the etched finish. They could also use a “tune-up” to tighten or replace any loose screws. A skilled optician can have them spruced up in no time! These glasses also come in their original case, from L.M. Prince Co. of Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio.

Make a statement with these stunning spectacles!

Lens across: 1.73228” (44mm)
Bridge: .75” (19.05mm)
Total Width: 5.125” (130.175mm)
Hinge to Hinge Width: 4.625” (117.475mm)
Total Height: 1.5” (38.1mm)
Temple Length: 5.5” (139.7mm)

On the bridge: 44 UOC 1/10 12K.G.F. 20
On the temples: Universal 4 – 5½

I ship nationally via USPS Priority Mail and internationally via USPS First Class Mail International. If I overestimate shipping costs by more than $1.00, I will gladly refund the excess.

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Cat Eye Glasses Frames - Browline Eyeglasses - Etched Metal 12K Gold Filled - by Universal Optical - 1950s


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: metal, 12k gold filled, glass, plastic, aluminum
  • Ships worldwide from Ohio, United States
  • Feedback: 17 reviews
  • Favorited by: 19 people