Black snap spectacle case containing rimless spectacles

Catalogue Number: 2814
Black snap spectacle case containing rimless spectacles
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles with case
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1925
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Small metal snap case, 130 x 55 mm, covered in black leatherette and lined internally with dark blue velvet, containing gold three-piece rimless spectacles, with a pad bridge and curl sides, glazed with pantoscopic-shaped flat fused bifocal glass lenses. The case also contains an old chamois cleaning cloth, 195 x 60 mm, designated as from L. BISSELL / MANUFACTURING OPTICIAN / & IMPORTER / 273 LITTLE COLLINS STREET / MELBOURNE / Please ring 8135 '
Historical Significance: It is noteworthy that Leonard Bissell describes himself as a manufacturing optician, eschewing the descriptors Ophthalmic Optician or Sight testing optician. He may have confined himself to dispensing ophthalmologists prescriptions but he was registered s an optometrist in 1936, when optometrists were for the first time required at law to be registered. His address at that time was 279 Little Collins Street.
How Acquired: Donated by Alan W Johnston, member of the College
Date Acquired: Feb 2016
Condition: Good.
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 1

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