Straw work spectacle case

Catalogue Number: 1168
Straw work spectacle case
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle case
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1810
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: England
Description Of Item: Two section pull-off spectacle case in straw work. Probably for very small spectacles or pince nez. 135 x 43 mm
Historical Significance: Much straw work came from French prisoners of war. Many were made as gifts to their English captors to get better living conditions. Most prisoners were based in Cambridgeshire, England from 1792 to 1815 (the end of the Battle of Waterloo). Similar items were made in France and Italy. Ref: Conway, Gary, Antique Spectacle Cases, 2015, p38
How Acquired: Donated by Francis Slade, Mid 20th C Melbourne optometrist
Date Acquired: 1975
Condition: Fair to good
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 4 Drawer 5

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