Europe, Africa and Asia

Opera glasses, “nouvelle jumelle”, tortoiseshell covered, signed Bautain and personally made by him, circa 1845, Medical History Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Opera glasses, “nouvelle jumelle”, tortoiseshell covered, signed Bautain and personally made by him, circa 1845, Medical History Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Chinese, metal round frame, double hinge, clear (no Rx) lenses, 58 mm diameter (quite large), circa late 19th century, Dittrick Medical History Museum
 Chinese, metal round frame, double hinge, clear (no Rx) lenses, 58 mm diameter (quite large), circa late 19th century, Dittrick Medical History Museum
Glazed Majolica tile showing rivet spectacles, School of Marche, Church of S.Sebastian, originally on the floor of the S. Annunziata Chapel, 1510, Venice, Italy
 Glazed Majolica tile showing rivet spectacles, School of Marche, Church of S.Sebastian, originally on the floor of the S. Annunziata Chapel, 1510, Venice, Italy
Carved case made of bone, nicely decorated, for nose spectacles, Museum of Vision, Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Carved case made of bone, nicely decorated, for nose spectacles, Museum of Vision, Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Tile artwork, a monkey with a pair of eyeglasses, taken on a street of Lisbon, 17th century, notice what may be leather-framed nose spectacles.
Tile artwork, a monkey with a pair of eyeglasses, taken on a street of Lisbon, 17th century, notice what may be leather-framed nose spectacles.

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