Blue snap case containing gold oval-eye spectacles with curl sides

Catalogue Number: 2813
Blue snap case containing gold oval-eye spectacles with curl sides
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, 120 x 55 mm, with blue leatherette covering gold engraved on front with 'J. E. HOLDEN FVOA / OPHTHALMIC OPTICIAN / 12 SYDNEY RD / PHONE EW2384 'with dark blue velvet internal lining and containing gold oval-eye spectacles with saddle bridge and curl sides, 115 x 38 mm, glazed with flat glass lenses R 3.00D sph L 2.00 D sph.
Historical Significance: John Eward held a FBOA qualification (Fellow of the Victorian Optical Association). This qualification by examination was established in 1913 and the first to qualify by completing the two year course would have done so in 1915. Accordingly these spectacles must date after 1915. Flat lenses gave way to meniscus lenses between 1910 and 1930, which suggests these spectacles were made before 1930. Holden was among the first Victorian optometrists registered in 1936 under the Opticians Act 1935
How Acquired: Donated by Alan W Johnston, member of the College
Date Acquired: Feb 2016
Condition: Spectacles, very good; case is worn through to the metal at front edge of lid
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 1

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