CHURCHILL (WINSTON) A pair of spectacles made for Winston Churchill by C.W. Dixey and Son Ltd.

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CHURCHILL (WINSTON)
A pair of spectacles made for Winston Churchill by C.W. Dixey and Son Ltd.

Sold for £ 10,837 (US$ 13,132) inc. premium
CHURCHILL (WINSTON S.)
A pair of spectacles made for Winston Churchill by C.W. Dixey and Son Ltd., tortoise shell, with a recent typed letter signed from the optician confirming the provenance and identifying details, and CITES licence 593636/01

Footnotes

  • READING GLASSES MADE FOR CHURCHILL. C.W. Dixey and Son Ltd. were the dispensing opticians to Churchill until his death in 1965. As former director P.C. Varnes notes in the accompanying letter, "the full rimmed round eye were always marked with a white dot at the end of the side pieces and usually three pairs were made to his prescription and kept at our Cavendish Square showroom and then later at the Wigmore Street practice."

    It is believed that after Churchill's death C.W. Dixey had three pairs of his spectacles still in its possession. One pair was reportedly given to Chartwell (now National Trust), another sold at auction in 2011 (with a note on Dixey's stationery reading "These tortoiseshell spectacles were made in 1954 for... Churchill"), and the present pair. His glasses were marked with metal dots on the end of the arms, to indicate their purpose: one dot for reading and two dots for speeches. The present pair have one dot.
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