Folding rimless pince-nez with high minus lenses

Catalogue Number: 1943
Folding rimless pince-nez with high minus lenses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Pince-nez
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: Late 19th C
Time Period: 19th C
Description Of Item: Rimless pince-nez with tempered steel spring bridge fitted directly to the lenses with screws. The temporal rim of the right lens has a fancy steel handle with a post to catch the small metal post on the temporal rim of the left lens to hold the pince-nez folded. The lenses are semi-oval (tear drop) shape flat glass lenses, R and L - 6.00 D Sph and have a finely ridged nasal sections to grip the nose (in the absence of nose pads). There is an original ticket attached to the handle with the notation 3/6, presumably 3 shillings and 6 pence (35 cents) suggesting that the pince-nez are unused ready-made glasses.
Historical Significance: A similar item is at Cat No 668
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: Sept 2011
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 9

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