Rimless pince-nez with mid-grey tinted lenses

Catalogue Number: 1924
Rimless pince-nez with mid-grey tinted lenses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Pince-nez
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1890
Time Period: 19th C
Description Of Item: Rimless pince-nez with tempered steel bridge shaped in an arc that extends to form a part rim on the nasal side of each lens. It is fixed with a screw on the top part of each lens and a simple grip on the lower part. This part-rim also serves as the nose grip and is fitted with a synthetic material which together with the spring in the steel bridge secures the pince-nez on the nose. One lens is fitted, by a screw through the lens, with an ornate metal part to which a cord or lace would have been attached. The other lens has metal catch, also screwed through the lens, to enable the pince-nez to be held folded with one lens behind the other. The lenses are flat glass, tinted mid-grey. The pince-nez is unsold and unused stock and still carry a green tag bearing the figure 6 indicating the focal length of the lenses is 6 inches or about + 6.50D. 82 x 52 mm.
How Acquired: Donated by James Moran, member of the College
Date Acquired: Sept 1993
Condition: Very good except slight cracks in synthetic nose pad material
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 9

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