Art nouveaux style trial frame

Catalogue Number: 2861
Art nouveaux style trial frame
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Trial Frame
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1900
Description Of Item: Base metal trial frame, 130 x 33 mm, of unusual design with simple straight sides with loop terminals and saddle bridge. The top rims are curved in an art nouveau shape and pivot from the temporal sides of the frame to enable a trial lens to be inserted. The pivots are spring loaded to secure the inserted lenses.
Historical Significance: This is similar to the trial frame in a trial lens set at Cat No.1544.
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Dundon, antique ophthalmic collector, Williamstown
Date Acquired: May 2016
Condition: Metal tarnished and one spring loaded pivot is faulty
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 5

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