Iconic Vintage Glasses from Universal Optical

One of the defining styles of the 1950s was popularized by James Dean. His denim jeans, white T-shirt, leather jacket, and – most importantly – Universal Optical glasses remains a classic look. Eyeglasses Warehouse is the best place to find vintage James Dean glasses, antique wire rim glasses, and more retro eyeglass frames online.

Browse through our selection of authentic Universal Optical glasses, or check out our similar styles of vintage and retro horn-rimmed glasses.

About Universal Optical

Universal Optical started in Providence, Rhode Island in 1911. Their styles used high quality materials and fashionable styles. Some of their glasses for men and women included:

  • Antique Gold Rim Glasses
  • Women’s Cat Eye Glasses
  • Aviator Glasses

But it is the Mansfield Square F770 that Universal Optical is best known for. First produced at the beginning of the 1940s, most people recognize these iconic frames as James Dean’s glasses, who famously starred in Rebel Without a Cause, a look that defined a generation of men’s style. JFK, Marlon Brando, and Truman Capote also wore this model as eye and sunglasses.

The Mansfield Square F770 has a thick, horn rim frame made from black acetate. The top of the frames are squared with a curved lower edge and keyhole bridge. This style is highly similar to – and often mistaken for – Ray-Ban Wayfarers or Tart Arnel glasses, but there are slight differences in the shape. The rivets connecting the temples and frames are hourglass-shaped.

From antique wire-rim glasses to the iconic Mansfield Square glasses, vintage glasses from Universal Optical are a fun addition to your eyewear collection, complete your James Dean costume, or gift to a classic film lover. Check out our inventory of authentic Universal Optical frames, all of which can be fitted with sunglass lenses or your specific prescription by your optician.