Handheld folding spectacles, English, 1730-1860

Made:
1730-1860 in England
maker:
Unknown

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Spectacles, hand, folding, gilt metal, engraved, English, 1730-1860

Handheld spectacles were the height of fashion in the 1700s and 1800s. This is a gilt example. Oval-shaped lenses were popular. The frame design is knotted at one end to act as a handle.

The spectacles rested on the nose so the wearer could see. They were not worn for a long time because the wearer would soon experience arm ache. They were probably for occasional use by a wealthy owner.

Details

Category:
Ophthalmology
Object Number:
A681867
Materials:
gilt and glass
Measurements:
unfolded: 136 mm x 28 mm,
type:
spectacles ophthalmology (aids) and folding, hand, ophthalmology (aids) and spectacles
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • eyeglass

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