Sunglasses with dark blue lenses

Made:
1860-1900 in England

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Sunglasses, straight arms, silver, dark blue lenses, English, 1860-1900

Blue tinted lenses indicate these spectacles were for outdoor use. They protected from bright sunlight. They are a Victorian version of the sunglasses we wear today. The frames are made from silver. Prescription lenses help correct vision.

Details

Category:
Ophthalmology
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A681379
Materials:
glass and silver
type:
spectacles, ophthalmology (aids), ophthalmology (aids), reversible, spectacles, straight and sunglasses
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • protective spectacles
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • eyeglass
credit:
Loan, Wellcome Trust