Eyewear History: Metal Combination Frames

Browline – or Metal Combination – frames are a style of eyewear featuring “bold” acetate upper rims that resemble eyebrows combined with lower metal rims.


They were very popular during the 1950s and 1960s, especially in the USA.  They were first manufactured by Shuron Ltd in 1947 under the “Ronsir” brand and quickly emulated by various other manufacturers. The design became the most common style of eyewear throughout the 1950s and the early 1960s before it was surpassed in popularity by solid plastic styles.

Browlines enjoyed a renaissance in the 1980s before returning to popularity with the rise of retro style and the hipster subculture.


@litaflita wears our ROY Glasses in Tan



Black Eyewear Metal Combination Frames



This is the largest metal combination frame in our collection, fits medium to wide faces looking for the 50s style. Milt is ideal for faces with a light brow line while the pad bridge allows easy adjustment for a comfortable fit.
Dedicated to Milt Jackson who played vibraphone in the Modern Jazz Quartet.



This metal combination is a medium size and has the upper rim in a thinner, slightly upswept acetate. Despite it being lighter and having a mild upswept browline, Roy can be worn by both men and women.
The frame is dedicated to Roy Eldridge.



Tricky is a medium size metal combination frame with shallow lenses suitable for smaller faces and narrower bridge fittings.
It is dedicated to Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton, an American trombonist with the Duke Ellington Orchestra.