Brown leather covered frog mouth spectacle case

Catalogue Number: 2862
Brown leather covered frog mouth spectacle case
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle case
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Brown leather covered frog mouth spectacle case with rounded ends 130 mm x 52 mm x10 mm, lined with blue velvet. Label inscribed Jas. Jennings Optician 211 Queen Street Melbourne is applied to the face of the case. Label is not complete. The closing flap has been removed with one rivet from the mechanism still intact.
Historical Significance: James Jennings was an optician whose practice was established in 1867 (Advertisement Advocate Melbourne 25/8/1932 page 4). James Jennings was not listed in the first register of optometrists in 1935, but three optometrists are listed at the Queen Street address: Oliver Thomas Gillespie (Reg. No. 185) William Ernest Martin (Reg. No. 211) and Robert Francis Hill (Reg. No. 214)
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Dundon antique ophthalmic collector, Williamstown
Date Acquired: 16-05-2016
Condition: Poor
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 4 Drawer 5

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