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How do I describe these frames? They are just gorgeous! In a nice light brown, the detail piece is in a smooth, muted gold color. This detail adorns the corners and temples in a beautiful design of leaves, dots, and a textured section underneath. Look closely at the detail photo - the dots are silver with the exception of a bronze one - a rivet which holds the scroll piece to the frame. So much detail, even the rivet is incorporated into the design.

Made by American Optical, the frames are plastic with aluminum temples and detail work. As is normal with most vintage eyewear, there is some wear and a tiny bit of crackling on the nose pieces and bridge. They are generously sized, in good vintage condition and can be fitted with your Rx or sunglasses by a good optician. Very little adjustment will be necessary - the frames are really straight!

The measurements are:

Hinge to hinge - 4 3/4"
Temple to temple - 5
Across front - 5 1/4"
Temple length - 5 1/4"
Lens width - 46mm
Bridge width - 22mm

These would be considered a size medium large to large - you can compare these measurements to your own glasses to see if they would be a fit.

A simple way to check for fit is to enlarge the front view photo to the measurements given above. Print and cut the glasses out, then stick the mock up glasses on your nose. From this you can get a general idea of how the scale of the frames looks on you. Sounds silly, but it does work!

How to measure glasses:
The lens width is taken horizontally across the lens at the widest point, while the bridge width is the measurement across the bridge from one lens to the other. While each number is important on it's own in terms of how the lenses are centered over your eyes, adding them together gives you a general idea of how big the frames are. For instance, I wear a 46/20 in a cat eye frame, which added together is a 66, making them a medium. If you're a person who needs a large frame, try to find one with a combined measurement as close to 70 as possible; a small frame would be closer to a combined measurement of 60 or 62.

Vintage Cat Eye Glasses, American Optical, Light Brown with Gorgeous Scroll Detail


  • Vintage item
  • Materials: plastic, aluminum
  • Feedback: 74 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Colorado, United States