Guide for the Identification of Pince Nez

Advertisement for an eyeglass shop in Paris, medical optical, free eye exams, supplying the social insurance of the hospitals
Advertisement for an eyeglass shop in Paris, medical optical, free eye exams, supplying the social insurance of the hospitals
Advertisement: They never fall off the nose, resistant to perspiration, superior stability, you can wear them hunting, fencing, and horseback-riding, price 7 francs
Advertisement: They never fall off the nose, resistant to perspiration, superior stability, you can wear them hunting, fencing, and horseback-riding, price 7 francs
Distinguished Looking Gentleman, anonymous, oil painting, Austria, 1885  (currently in an important Italian collection)
Distinguished Looking Gentleman, anonymous, oil painting, Austria, 1885 (currently in an important Italian collection)
Advertisement for Le Terminus Pince Nez, The mischevious naughty boy who tore his trousers, fortunately that his grandmother, thanks to her pince nez Terminus, had the sight of a 15 year old
Advertisement for Le Terminus Pince Nez, The mischevious naughty boy who tore his trousers, fortunately that his grandmother, thanks to her pince nez Terminus, had the sight of a 15 year old
Advertisement: A New Invention, end of the 19th century,  These are so light on the nose that you can easily replace the usage of glasses, fashioned after the ideas of the oculist Dr. Galezowski
Advertisement: A New Invention, end of the 19th century, These are so light on the nose that you can easily replace the usage of glasses, fashioned after the ideas of the oculist Dr. Galezowski

Pince nez eyeglasses are relatively common and many people collect them and some even wear them. They are quite often seen in the collections of antique vision aids at most institutions. In all the research of printed material that has gone into developing this website, a guide for the classification of pince nez has never been seen before.Therefore by creating a guide this void can now be filled.

The attached chart is a work in progress, a collaboration of several American and European collector/historians who have experience and knowledge of this neat sub-topic. Constructive suggestions on ways to modify it are always welcomed. Terminology noticed in the literature may differ from that which is used in this guide. Also there certainly may be some overlap of examples. All sorts of variations are known to exist, especially in the nose bridge and nose pad regions. However we hope that you will find this work to be useful.

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Pince Nez Guide

Pince Nez Guide

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