Mutual Admiration

Old Woman Meditating, Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667), oil on panel, 1662-63, © Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. “Relatively large numbers of people were able to read and write in the Low Countries in the 17th century. That was the result of Protestant belief that ordinary people should be able to read the Bible themselves.”
Old Woman Meditating, Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667), oil on panel, 1662-63, © Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. “Relatively large numbers of people were able to read and write in the Low Countries in the 17th century. That was the result of Protestant belief that ordinary people should be able to read the Bible themselves.”
Nuremburg single copper wire spectacles, 17th century, Kunstgewerbischemuseum, Berlin, Germany
Nuremberg single copper wire spectacles, 17th century, Kunstgewerbischemuseum, Berlin, Germany
Statue of Prophet Jeremiah part of the Well of Moses, Dijon, France, Claus Sluter, 1395-1406. Jeremiah originally wore copper spectacles.
Statue of Prophet Jeremiah part of the Well of Moses, Dijon, France, Claus Sluter, 1395-1406. Jeremiah originally wore copper spectacles.
Slit bridge (2 slits) spectacles, horn, circa 1700, with a pull-off leather case, Museum of Vision, San Francisco
Slit bridge (2 slits) spectacles, horn, circa 1700, with a pull-off leather case, Museum of Vision, San Francisco
A statue of Saint Mathias shows half-folded rivet spectacles in his right hand, partially hidden by a coat with only his thumb visible, brought to the church in 1430, a pillar in the Gothic Choir, Cathedral in Aachen/Aix-la-Chapelle. This was partly finished in sandstone during the 19th century.
A statue of Saint Mathias shows half-folded rivet spectacles in his right hand, partially hidden by a coat with only his thumb visible, brought to the church in 1430, a pillar in the Gothic Choir, Cathedral in Aachen/Aix-la-Chapelle. This was partly finished in sandstone during the 19th century.

Sites we admire that also recognize the merit of our website

Besides the “community” of art museums, historical societies, larger institutions, members of professional organizations, and private collectors which are building this ever-expanding educational website, another smaller yet equally as important group of institutions, publishers, and businesses, all with wonderful websites of their own, are helping to bring our efforts before the public eye. Some have created a link to our website, while others have published some type of announcement describing our efforts. Several auction houses are even referring to this website to more accurately date and describe objects being offered for sale by them. In this fashion, they have first evaluated, then recognized, and now acknowledge the merit of www.antiquespectacles.com and thus its value for society at large. They are also helping to nurture greater respect and deeper appreciation for the Art, History, Culture, and Science of Antique Vision Aids. We wish to thank them and this list also keeps growing.

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