Participating Institutions

Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti (1571-1639), Christ Disputing with the Elders, Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University and Heritage Green
Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti (1571-1639), Christ Disputing with the Elders, Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University and Heritage Green
“The Mural of Quebecer”, photo by Murale Creation
 “The Mural of Quebecer”, photo by Murale Creation
Spectacles and case, late 19th century, Musée des Ursulines de Québec, Collection du Monastére des Ursulines de Québec
Spectacles and case, late 19th century, Musée des Ursulines de Québec, Collection du Monastére des Ursulines de Québec
Self-portrait painting of William George Richardson Hind, circa 1862-1863, Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord, M459, © McCord Museum
Self-portrait painting of William George Richardson Hind, circa 1862-1863, Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord, M459, © McCord Museum (Click to go to the McCord Museum website)
Francis Harrington Glidden (1832–1922), painted by H. Wolkin, early 20th century, courtesy of the Glidden House Inn, Cleveland, Ohio Glidden, wearing pince nez, is best known for founding the American paint business known as the Glidden Company
Francis Harrington Glidden (1832–1922), painted by H. Wolkin, early 20th century, courtesy of the Glidden House Inn, Cleveland, Ohio Glidden, wearing pince nez, is best known for founding the American paint business known as the Glidden Company

This is an educational group effort with contributions of images and information from institutions which believe that Vision Aids deserve greater recognition. Therefore many have already begun to participate in our website and we acknowledge our deep appreciation for these efforts. Some images from the establishments listed below are already on the website, while others will be added relatively soon as more Slideshows and Interesting Topics are developed.

We express our sincere thanks to these institutions for their dedication to preserving not only antique vision aids but all types of artifacts which represent mankind’s developmental history through the ages. This list keeps growing with time.


Europe

Two draw spyglass with a panoramic painting of Paris on porcelain, late 18th century, Musee de la lunette
Two draw spyglass with a panoramic painting of Paris on porcelain, late 18th century, Musee de la lunette

Africa


Antique surgical loupe, Cape Medical Museum, South Africa

Asia

Horn-rimmed folding spectacles with string temples and round wood case with fine carved cover, China, 19th century, Galleria Guglielmo Tabacchi – Safilo (Padua, Italy)
Horn-rimmed folding spectacles with string temples and round wood case with fine carved cover, China, 19th century, Galleria Guglielmo Tabacchi – Safilo (Padua, Italy)

North America (Larger Institutions)

Ivory opera glasses, LEREBOURS,  2nd quarter 19th century, Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities
Ivory opera glasses, LEREBOURS, 2nd quarter 19th century, Historic New England, Boston, MA

Local United States Historical Societies and other organizations

Six sided spectacles, very unusual, mid 19th century, Harvard Historical Society
Six sided spectacles, very unusual, mid 19th century, Harvard Historical Society

Organizations and Businesses

Tooled and embossed leather case with petit point tapestry insert, circa 1870, Shelburne Museum, VT
Tooled and embossed leather case with petit point tapestry insert, circa 1870, Shelburne Museum, VT


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