Tortoise-shell scissors spectacles

Catalogue Number: 841
Tortoise-shell scissors spectacles
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles folding, scissors glasses
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1935
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne, Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Charles Wantrup
Description Of Item: Tortoise-shell scissors spectacles. Round convex lenses. (No sides). Size folded: 8.7 cm x 3.6 cm. These scissors spectacles have been made in the style of examples from early in the nineteenth century.
Historical Significance: Charles Wantrup was a Melbourne optometrist. He brought some sections of real tortoise-shell from Europe to Melbourne before WW2. It is likely that he fashioned this item (and also Items 840 & 842) as optical curiosities to entertain his personal interest and to show off his craftsmanship.
How Acquired: Donated by Mrs Wantrup, widow of Charles Wantrup, optometrist
Condition: Excellent
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 6

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