Catalogue Number: 4044
Crescent pince-nez FITS-U lookovers in silver snap case
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Corporation: American Optical Company
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1900-1930
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Southbridge Mass USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: American Optical Company
Description Of Item: Rimless pince-nez with crescent-shaped lookover lenses mounted in gold 'FITS-U' fingerpiece bridge. Faint 'FITS-U' impression behind bridge. Snap case impressed 'STG SILVER' and lined with purple velvet. Specs: 85 x 31 mm. Case: 109 x 46 x 12 mm. The FITS-U bridge mount was a product of the American Optical Company but it was used around the world.
Historical Significance: This item and another ,#4043, were forwarded by the British Optical Association Museum to the Kett Optometry Museum, with the consent of the donor, as the items were deemed to be of more interest to an Australian collection. They are possibly associated with time in Australia c1903-05 of Charles Macaskie (who later returned to Europe). He was a jackaroo in Queensland and later bought land there.
How Acquired: Donated by David Cole-Adams via British Optical Association Museum
Date Acquired: Nov 2020
Condition: Specs: excellent, case: good
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 1