Folding spectacles with support bar on bridge, tortoiseshell and brass, one lens lacking, in circular, tortoiseshell portable case with cord attachment, Chinese, 1801-1900, inscription "Mr. K.Y. Chui,~manufacturer of ....crystal goods, glass-ware, and various~kinds of spectacles. His~business establishment was situated in the Long Life lane;~outside the Peaceful Gate of the Canton province"
These tortoiseshell spectacles fold into a matching, portable case. This has a cord attachment so it can be easily carried. Tortoiseshell was expensive and indicates a wealthy owner. The Chinese inscription on the case gives information about the maker: ‘Mr. K.Y. Chui, manufacturer of ....crystal goods, glass-ware, and various kinds of spectacles. His business establishment was situated in the Long Life lane; outside the Peaceful Gate of the Canton province.’ Spectacles may have been used in China as early as the 1100s.
- Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
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glasses: 16 mm x 110 mm x 65 mm, .04 kg
case fully opened: 18 mm x 70 mm x 140 mm, .04 kg
case closed: 20 mm 70 mm, .04 kg
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