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You could have bought them for $2.98 back in the 1950s, but you sure won't find mint condition 1950s sunglasses and matching clip-on visor case in fab fifties designs at that price today - although they're still quite an affordable and fun accessory. Take your pick of two retro Merit designs or buy them both; each comes in the original clip-on car sun visor case and warranty certificate. Even though sunglasses don't come with that kind of case today, the staff here feels it was a good design idea and are all trying to figure out how to put clips on their own sunglasses case. These were manufactured by the Merit Manufacturing Company of Central Falls, RI and were heavily advertised during the period in Life Magazine. Note the open gap in some of the side ear bars to give them just a little added design flair. The frames are made of plastic, somewhat flexible so they can be bent into shape to some degree but not rigid like modern sunglasses; fit adjustments may be needed. They come with the original warranty that notes they are "manufactured for optical safety and construction and the lens are precision cut and processed and certified to be of the finest quality." The sunglasses measure approximately 5.5" wide at the lens, and the ear bars measure approximately 5.5" long. The visor clip-on plastic case measures approximately 6.0" wide, 3.0" high, and 1.0" deep. Each pair of sunglasses is in mint condition and has the original Merit red and gold seal on the lens noting the original $2.98 price, "6 Base Hardened Lens" and that it "Conforms to Conn SG 40". We just love the design of these, sure to generate complements and questions wherever you wear them. These mint condition, never used 50s sunglasses come to you direct from the dusty shelf of a Newport, Rhode Island estate liquidation.     1 $45.00



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