Display board of spectacles and lenses, c.1921

Made:
1920-1921 in Bristol
Tortoiseshell 'eye-preservers' spectacles with two sets of blue D-shaped lenses and double jointed silver side-arms. In Tortoiseshell 'eye-preservers' spectacles with two sets of blue D-shaped lenses and double jointed silver side-arms. In Chinese spectacles in a tortoiseshell frame with ornate bridge and hinges, dark stone lenses and two-piece side-arms. Chinese spectacles in a tortoiseshell frame with ornate bridge and hinges, dark stone lenses and two-piece side-arms. Tortoiseshell 'eye-preservers' spectacles with two sets of blue D-shaped lenses and double jointed silver side-arms. In Chinese spectacles in a tortoiseshell frame with ornate bridge and hinges, dark stone lenses and two-piece side-arms. Chinese spectacles in a tortoiseshell frame with ornate bridge and hinges, dark stone lenses and two-piece side-arms.

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Tortoiseshell 'eye-preservers' spectacles with two sets of blue D-shaped lenses and double jointed silver side-arms. In
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Tortoiseshell 'eye-preservers' spectacles with two sets of blue D-shaped lenses and double jointed silver side-arms. In
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Chinese spectacles in a tortoiseshell frame with ornate bridge and hinges, dark stone lenses and two-piece side-arms.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Chinese spectacles in a tortoiseshell frame with ornate bridge and hinges, dark stone lenses and two-piece side-arms.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Tortoiseshell 'eye-preservers' spectacles with two sets of blue D-shaped lenses and double jointed silver side-arms. In
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Chinese spectacles in a tortoiseshell frame with ornate bridge and hinges, dark stone lenses and two-piece side-arms.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Chinese spectacles in a tortoiseshell frame with ornate bridge and hinges, dark stone lenses and two-piece side-arms.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Collection of spectacles (289), spectacle lenses (93) mounted on pyramid fitting, with labels attached as detailed on list "the evolution of the Bi-focal lens" (neg nos S.M. 2007) may be sold to the public, see R.P. 24/599, dr. Van Rohr. See individual stroke records for more details.

Pyramid shaped exhibition panel mounted with a selection of 93 clear and coloured lenses. The display board is part of the Duncombe Collection of spectacles, which deals with the various types of eye defect that can be rectified with eyeglasses. These include correction for hypermetropia, presbyopia, myopia, astigmatism and strabismus.

Details

Category:
Optics
Object Number:
1921-323
type:
spectacles, components and lenses
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • spectacles component
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • eyeglass
credit:
Dunscombe collection of spectacles