Catalogue Number: 3816
Gold Revluc pince-nez with bifocal lenses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Designer/inventor: George Culver
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1905
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: London, UK
Publisher/Manufacturer: George Culver
Description Of Item: Pince-nez, gold frame. Thin arched bridge and linked brow bar. Laterally sprung plaquets with cork pads. The nosepads rotate and separate when the spring bridge is bent to apply the spectacles. Nosepads imprinted 'PATENT REVLUC' with a cross logo. Small loop handle. Oval eye rims. Bifocals constructed of two separate sections of glass with downcurved interface. Upper lenses +1.25 DS R&L. Lower seg +3.50 DS R&L. 105mm W x 40mm H.
Historical Significance: George Culver patented the 'Revluc' pince-nez design in Britain in 1897 and in the USA in 1898. The design received a very positive review in the British Medical Journal October 2 1897: Br Med J 1897; 2: 909. Bought as part of Lot 130, Brighton & Hove Auctions, UK, 26 July 2019.
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken
Date Acquired: August 2019
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 9