Gold round monocle, cased, by Dixey

Catalogue Number: 2804
Gold round monocle, cased, by Dixey
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Monocles, quizzers
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1930
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Birmingham England
Publisher/Manufacturer: Dixey
Description Of Item: Round gold rimmed monocle. Lens rim is supported by backing mount to allow lens to sit away from lashes. Small mounted ring for attached black cord. Housed in leather case impressed with gilt letters 'DIXEY. OPTICIAN TO THE KING/ 8 NEWHALL STREET/ BIRMINGHAM'. Case 4.5cm diameter
Historical Significance: C.W. Dixey & Son was established by William Fraser in 1777 as an optical and mathematical instrument company. Fraser's talent was recognised by King George III of England and Royal Warrants and commissions followed. However, the business declined when an assistant, Mr Grice, used the premises as a gambling den. It was rescued in 1824 when Charles Wastell Dixey and his uncle acquired the business. Over the next century the family proudly served as optician to the King or Queen of England and created one of London's most distinguished companies. The first 163 years were spent at 3 New Bond Street and 19 Old Bond Street. Then, as today, this was the most exclusive district of London, synonymous with the finest luxury goods. The Old Bond Street premises was destroyed in the Second World War, forcing relocation to London's medical district. The Dixey family eventually transferred ownership to their loyal staff. Sadly, having survived recessions and wars, dishonesty almost destroyed the company in the 1990s. The Company continues in business today (2016)/ More information at http://www.cwdixeyandson.com/history.php
How Acquired: Purchased by Museum via EBay
Date Acquired: Feb 2016
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 4

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