Chart of Heymann Collection Discovered at the Musée National de la Renaissance (The Eyeglass Cases, Part 2)

This is by far the absolute greatest collection of hand-made eyeglass cases in the world. An advanced collection, either museum or private, might have a half dozen examples at most. Here at the Chateau we are referring to about six dozen wonderful unique examples that Madame Heymann located and saved and assembled all together. Enjoy studying each one, front and back.


WOODEN EYEGLASS CASES AT THE CHATEAU (Part 1)

EYEGLASS CASES MADE OF OTHER MATERIALS (Part 2)


(All images on this page courtesy Jean-Marie Devriendt, copyright © 2008)

"E" Refers to Musée National de la Renaissance, Le Chateau d'Ecouen
"Cl" Refers to Musée de Cluny

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OBJECT(s)

LOCATION + INVENTORY NUMBER

TIMEFRAME

DESCRIPTION

PHOTOS

ADDITIONAL FEATURES + COMMENTS

EYEGLASS CASES MADE OF OTHER MATERIALS
45 eyeglass case and nose spectacles E CL 21.061 18th century Small bronze case, decorated with geometrics and scrolls, for silver nose spectacles hinged at the nosebridge
 
46 eyeglass case with later rivet spectacles E Cl 21.090 dated "1779" small brass case, “Gift for the satisfaction of Abraham, son of Passoy" (in Armenian letters), flowers and decorations etched on the other side, for rivet style eyeglasses with a light horn frame    

Heymann bought this in the “Sale Duranton”
47 eyeglass case with nose spectacles E Cl 21.079 18th century small gilded brass case, same front and back decorated pattern, hallmarked nose spectacles which pivot at the nosebridge
 
48 eyeglass case with nose spectacles E Cl 21.078 18th century Small gilded metal case, decorated with cherubs above, young person with harp like object below on both sides, nose spectacles fancy bridge

 
49 eyeglass case and nose spectacles E CL 21.083 mid 18th century small shagreen (ray skin) case with silver trim, flip-top closure, gilded heavy metal nose spectacles, “London” etched on the glass.  
54 eyeglass case E CL 21.062 early 18th century small eyeglass case, bronze, the same decorations of wide scrolls and leafy pattern on both sides, no glasses were found inside  
56 eyeglass case and nose spectacles E Cl 21.082 first half 18th century small Mother of Pearl with brass eyeglass case, pivot at the top of the nosebridge, collapsing tortoiseshell frame spectacles
 
58 eyeglass case with spectacles E Cl 21.074 17th century case in the form of a figure of eight, iron, unusual style opening closed by a large hook, for wire spectacles with a fairly flat nosebridge (Dutch made?)

 
59 eyeglass case with spectacles E Cl 21.075 dated "1755" Decorated brass case, engraved on the front “Simon Frei von Reiselfinge, blank back, for wire nose spectacles
 
60 eyeglass case for temple spectacles E Cl 21.076   Cigar shaped brass case, very decorative front with cartouche “J.C.Beyer (?)”, for temple specs in iron with short sides and large round finials.
The paper inside describes spectacles which belonged to Beyer, physician, whom together with Benjamin Franklin invented an instrument built out of glass layers which were struck with small hammers (mallets). This instrument produced fine and pure sounds, and was named 'Glass Cord'. The instrument was successfully used at the opera to replace the sounds of the 'magical Flute' by Mozart.1794 (the Glass Armonica)
61 eyeglass case and collapsing nose spectacles E Cl 21.091 18th century Round case, mother of pearl with silver trim, for one pair of nose spectacles, hinged at both sides on the nosebridge,  minor back damage  
62 eyeglass case and nose spectacles E CL 21.088 18th century tri-lobed pocket spectacles case, green galuchat (stingray or shark skin on wood), pushbutton opening and hinges are gold, for two pair of nose spectacles, just one is present in silver

 
63 eyeglass case and nose spectacles E Cl 21.068 circa 1700 heavy iron spectacles case, minimal pattern decoration same on front and back, green felt interior, for wire nose spectacles
 
64 eyeglass case with nose spectacles E Cl 21.087 18th century tri-lobed pocket spectacles case, light galuchat (stingray or shark skin on wood, pushbutton opening and hinges are silver, for two pair of nose spectacles, just one is present which has a decorated edge all around the frame portion 

 
66 eyeglass case E Cl 21.089 18th century small brass case, shaped like a tear, simple decorations front and back, no glasses
notice the broad catch inside the lower section to hold the top once it is in the closed position
68 eyeglass case with nose spectacles E Cl 21.060 early 18th century Small brass case, engraved decoration with plants and flowers, similar front and the back, for steel-framed spectacles with a turn-pin in the nosebridge
 
69 eyeglass case with nose spectacles E Cl 21.063 17th century pear-shaped case with an unusual style, opens from hinge near the top, appears to be silver, hallmarked inside the cover, heavy silver nose spectacles with a turn-pin in the nosebridge, openings for the insertion of the lenses is oblique


Unknown hallmark need to be identified
70 eyeglass case with nose spectacles E Cl 21.093 early 18th century figure of eight style case, galuchat (shagreen) on wood, yellow metal fittings, for silver nose spectacles which are ribbed 360 degrees of the outer periphery, not just in the area of the lateral side of the nose.

 
71 eyeglass case with nose spectacles E Cl 21.069   small banjo style case, decorated pattern with flowers front and back, heavy silver nose spectacles with hallmarks, turn-pin in the nosebridge  

Unknown hallmarks need to be identified
72 eyeglass case E Cl 21.065 end of  17th century Small iron case, minimal pattern of a single large flowering plant on the front and back  
73 eyeglass case with nose spectacles E Cl 21.081 first half 18th century banjo style case, Mother of Pearl with white metal trim, folding nose spectacles with green lenses   
74 eyeglass case with nose spectacles E Cl 21.094 18th century figure of eight style case, tortoiseshell with gilded metal, nose spectacles appear gilded, they are ribbed on the inner side all the way around

very unusual ribbing on the inner frame both sides

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