Rimless pince-nez spectacles with chain & hook, cased

Catalogue Number: 2631
Rimless pince-nez spectacles with chain & hook, cased
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Pince-nez
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1920's
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Coles & Garrard
Description Of Item: Rimless oval-eye pince-nez with gold sprung 'Fits-U' style bridge and gold ear hook and chain. Bridge stamped '1/20 10ct'. metal snap case covered with maroon leather and faded 'COLES & GARRARD' sticker to rear. Remnants of owner's name and telephone number inside case: 'M.MORGAN CENT 2939'. 96mm x 31mm.
Historical Significance: These glasses were given to John McGibbony by a Mrs Sparrow (or Swallow?) who claimed that they were the first pair of spectacles dispensed by Coles & Garrard. No authentication is available.
How Acquired: Donated by John McGibbony
Date Acquired: June 2013
Condition: Specs good, case fair
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 9

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