Spectacles, cased, Chinese, 1850-1930

1850-1930 in China

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Spectacle and spectacle case, transverse folding, steel spectacles in hinged cap shagreen case, Chinese, 1850-1930

Spectacles may have been used in China as early as the 1100s. The arms of these Chinese steel spectacles are double folding. This means they can circle much of the head. The case is made from a material called shagreen. This is either the rough skin of certain sharks or rays, or rough leather made from certain animal hides. Shagreen is naturally grey. However, it is often coloured red or, in this case, green.


Object Number:
case, metal, hinge, case, shagreen, covered, case, wood and spectacles, steel
spectacles (unfolded): 20 mm x 125 mm x 45 mm, .03kg
spectacles and ophthalmology (aids), hinged caps, ophthalmology (aids), spectacle cases, spectacles and transverse folding
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • eyeglass
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optometry equipment
  • optometry instrument
  • trial lens frame

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