Vintage Fred Force 10 Cythere 22k Gold Glasses Full Set New Old Stock Made in France in 1989

$396.96

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One of Fred's most beautiful creations, this insanely rare Cythere with pentagonal front comes with all the matching extras. This 22Kt gold plated frame features temples in the shape of sailing cables, offering a unique flexibility without losing any sturdiness. The perfectly unisex Fred Cythere features another 22k gold framed steel sailing cable on the brow bar, a beautiful silver and gold combination with dark blue earpieces with golden Fred logo. Each piece of the frame is stamped with the sigil as a proof of authenticity. Serial number engraved on the back of right hinge.

When it comes to luxury vintage eyewear, frames made by Fred are in a league of their own. The Fred Force 10 line, combining gold and steel, was created at a time where sailing and water sports were regarded as the thing to do when you made it big. Various eyewear designers started incorporating rope and knot designs to their frames, giving birth to the lines of Cardin Plus, Zollitsch Maritim and most of all, the Fred Force 10.

The history of the jeweler Fred Joaillier is remarkable. Fred Samuel, the founder, was active in the foreign legion fighting against the nazis in world war 2. He was captured and managed to escape to Paris, where he continued on his work as a jeweler. In December 1941, the Yellow Star was affixed to his storefront, and he was forced to remove the name Samuel from his store. This is how he came to be known as Fred, a name he kept «perhaps out of defiance, perhaps so as not to forget those monstrous hours, perhaps also to maintain the benefit of a salutary anonymity».

In March 1942, he crossed into the free zone, where he was incarcerated twice. In early 1943, with the help of friends, he was released and joined the guerilla resistance group «Maquis Vercors», where he commanded the 17th company in the battle of Montélimar against a German nazi battalion. Having changed his name, Sergeant Soulas, alias Fred Samuel, then accompanied the Liberation Army through the Jura to Vesoul. At the end of September 1944, he returned to Paris and resumed his famous Fred jeweler business.

His clients included Marlene Dietrich, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Grace Kelly. He adorned the high society, including Arab princes. He also worked with artists such as Jean Cocteau and Bernard Buffet. It was he who introduced cultured pearls to France. One of its most beautiful colors, a light pinkish-cream, has since been called the «Fred color». The «Force 10» line, which combines gold and steel, remains one of his best known creations. Fred also designed the necklace of 23 heart-shaped rubies surrounded by diamonds given by Richard Gere to Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

New old stock, frame and lenses in perfect condition, never worn.

Made in France in 1989.

This full set includes:

– 22k gold plated Fred Cythere Bicolore frame
– Original Fred demo lenses in perfect condition
– Fred Force 10 flip-open jewel case
– Fred Force 10 genuine leather softcase
– Fred Force 10 International warranty with matching serial number
– Fred Joailler tag with enlarged sigil
– Fred box with matching serial number

Frame: 22k gold with steel cable details.

Lenses: Original Fred demo lenses in perfect condition. Can be worn as is or fitted with your choice of prescription or tinted lenses.

Size 55*16 (fits medium)

Front width from temple to temple: 134mm / 5.3 inches

Temple length: 135mm

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