Spectacles with a false nose attached, England, 1890-1925

Made:
1890-1925 in England
maker:
Unknown

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False nose spectacles, steel frames with plain lenses, made for Charles Williams (c. 1875 to c. 1925) of Tonbridge, Kent, c. 1900

Charles Williams (c. 1875 – c. 1925) of Tonbridge, Kent, damaged his nose in an accident. The simplest way to maintain his appearance was to wear a special artificial nose. It was made of metal and painted a flesh colour. The easiest way for Williams to wear the nose was to attach it to this pair of spectacles. The nostril holes are small so Williams may have had difficulty breathing. His family donated the spectacles to the Science Museum in 1985.

Details

Category:
Ophthalmology
Object Number:
1986-251
Materials:
glass, silver and steel
type:
spectacles false nose, ophthalmology (spectacles), prosthetics and false nose, ophthalmology (spectacles), prosthetics and spectacles
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • eyeglass
credit:
Cotton, G.