Spectacle frame display case

Catalogue Number: 2886
Spectacle frame display case
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Other
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1950
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Description Of Item: Spectacle frame display case, 490 x 380 x 65 mm, covered in black leatherette and lined with cream coloured velvet. The base section is divided into 18 compartments of a size to accommodate a spectacle frame. The lid is hinged and held in the upright position when opened by two fabric tapes. A mirror, 420 x 300 x mm, is set into the underside of the lid
Historical Significance: Portable cases of this kind were commonly used by travelling optometrists and those who attended patients at home or in hospitals to display spectacle frames . They were sometime also used in permanent consulting rooms at a time when the there was a limited range of spectacle frame types.
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Dundon, antique ophthalmic collector, Williamstown
Date Acquired: May 2016
Condition: Fair
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 4 Drawer 5

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