Bow spectacles

Made:
1601-1700
Group photograph of Early clock-wheel cutting machine, A compound microscope has two or more lenses. This microscope Bow spectacles, leather and steel, lenses missing, in bow case, wooden, English, 1601-1700. Bow spectacles, leather and steel, lenses missing, in bow case, wooden, English, 1601-1700.

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Group photograph of Early clock-wheel cutting machine, A compound microscope has two or more lenses. This microscope
Science Museum Group Collection
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Bow spectacles, leather and steel, lenses missing, in bow case, wooden, English, 1601-1700.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Bow spectacles, leather and steel, lenses missing, in bow case, wooden, English, 1601-1700.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Bow spectacles made of leather and steel, lenses missing, in wooden bow case, maker unknown, England, 1601-1700.

These spectacles are typical of those common in the seventeenth century. They do not have arms (these were added to spectacles in around 1730) and would have been balanced on the nose for use. Spectacles were the most common product made by the emerging optical instrument makers of the period. Many of these makers were members of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, a guild founded in 1629.

Details

Category:
Ophthalmology
Object Number:
A681537
Materials:
case, fabric, case, wood, leather and steel
type:
nose spectacles - bow
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • eyeglass
  • spectacles
  • nose spectacles