Catalogue Number: 3503
Gold oval-eye spectacles glazed with plano lenses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacles (with lenses)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1925
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Rhode Island, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: Stevens and Company
Description Of Item: Unused gold oval-eye spectacle frame, 115 x 30 mm, glazed with flat plano glass lenses. Straight sides with a loop at the ends for a cord or chain. Saddle bridge under which is imprinted STEVENS AND CO. Original tag attached to the bridge with the words ' Guaranteed / Gold Cased / Made in USA / E.W Culver '
Historical Significance: Stevens & Co. were American manufacturers of spectacle frames located in Providence, Rhode Island in the early 1900's. Many jewellers and watchmakers were based in this region and Stevens & Co. prided themselves on their quality gold-fill frames, hence their "S.Q." (Stevens Quality) mark. E.W. Culver was a goldsmith company.This item was among effects formerly belonging to Miss Ella Lillian May Pink (1890-1986) an Australian woman who qualified in optometry in London in 1915 and practised in Australia from 1917 until September 1953. She was the first Australian woman to complete qualifications in optometry in London. She completed her Fellowship examinations of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers in 1915 acquiring the right to the post-nominal FSMC and also in the same year the examinations for the Dioptric Diploma of the British Optical Association (DBOA). She also chose to become a Fellow of the Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians (FIO) in 1916.
How Acquired: Donated by Noel Dawson (Ella Pink Collection)
Date Acquired: Jan 2018
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 1