Preserving and Restoring Ophthalmic Antiques

Impressions of the leather-framed spectacles of clerk Hilliard Veren, seen in a volume of the Essex County Quarterly Court Record Books, circa 1682 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.
Impressions of the leather-framed spectacles of clerk Hilliard Veren, seen in a volume of the Essex County Quarterly Court Record Books, circa 1682 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.
Luca Carlevarijs 1663 –1730), The Comedians in St. Mark Square, oil on canvas. (The painter might be uncertain and also the date), Casa di Carlo Goldoni, Venice, Italy
Luca Carlevarijs 1663 –1730), The Comedians in St. Mark Square, oil on canvas. (The painter might be uncertain and also the date), Casa di Carlo Goldoni, Venice, Italy
Impression of leather-framed eyeglasses on the rear parchment endpapers of Opera of Fr. Luigi di Granata, by permission of Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin
Impression of leather-framed eyeglasses on the rear parchment endpapers of Opera of Fr. Luigi di Granata, by permission of Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin
1860s Daguerreotype, depicts a man with pince-nez and carved ivory walking cane, original oval case, photo is about 6 x 5 cm, The Dorotheum
1860s Daguerreotype, depicts a man with pince-nez and carved ivory walking cane, original oval case, photo is about 6 x 5 cm, The Dorotheum.
Impression of early glasses, Folger copy 46 of the First Folio, by permission of the Folger Shakespeare Library (requires further research to determine the frame style)
Impression of early glasses, Folger copy 46 of the First Folio, by permission of the Folger Shakespeare Library (requires further research to determine the frame style)

This is obviously an important topic that is of strong interest to collectors, museum curators, collections managers, and basically everyone.

RESTORING OPHTHALMIC ANTIQUES by Ronald J. S. MacGregor is an excellent, comprehensive, and valuable compilation of knowledge. Articles for it were written from practical experience and the original material was then published in the club newsletter in the 1980s. This was compiled, gathered together for easy reference, and since then, in two earlier printings, has become a very useful standard for everyone. The information contained in this booklet will prove to be of great assistance to everyone.

RESTORING OPHTHALMIC ANTIQUES (ISBN 978-0-9519290-1-8) by Ronald J. S. MacGregor.

This booklet is out of print, please contact Peter Watkins of the OAICC to see if any copies are available.

Contents

1. Introduction
2. Cleaning
3. Iron and Steel
4. Real Tortoiseshell and Horn
5. Brass, Silver, Copper and White Metal
6. Cases
7. Repairs
8. Materials
9. Lenses
10. Books and Prints
11. A case for Restoration
12. Leather
13. Instruments
14. Shagreen
15. Eyebaths
16. Blueing
17. Gilding and Electroplating
18. General Hints
19. Preservation
20. Conclusion


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