Tortoise-shell eyeglasses

Catalogue Number: 840
Tortoise-shell eyeglasses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles (with lenses)
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 eyeglasses; round eye, convex lenses (no sides), simple 'V' bridge. W: 9.2 cm x D: 4.5 cm.
Historical Significance: Charles Wantrup was a Melbourne optometrist. He brought some sections of real tortoiseshell from Europe to Melbourne before WW2. It is likely that he fashioned this item (and also Items 841 & 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, Melbourne optometrist
Condition: Excellent
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 6

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