Catalogue Number: 1954
Gold filled Oxford pince-nez
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1920
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: American Optical Company
Description Of Item: Oxford style pince-nez with large round eye rims, machine-engraved fixed pads, tempered metal spring bridge stamped underneath 'AOC VARSITY'. Handle on right outer rim for attaching a cord if desired and with slot to catch the left lens when folded. Glazed with significant plus cylinder lenses. 110 x 48 mm.
Historical Significance: This was a fashionable style, especially in the USA 1915-1925. See Davidson and McGregor 2nd edition p 28 (Cat No 1955) and also Corson 1st Edition p 246.
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: Oct 2011
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 9