English Terminology for Spectacles

Aluminum folding pince nez, blued-steel bridge, circa 1870.    Possibly the first aluminum eyeglasses. Aluminum was a new metal that for the first time was shown (in the form of a 'bar' -stick) on a world exhibition, c. 1855.
Aluminum folding pince nez, blued-steel bridge, circa 1870. Possibly the first aluminum eyeglasses. Aluminum was a new metal that for the first time was shown (in the form of a 'bar' -stick) on a world exhibition, c. 1855.
Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588-1629), The Gamblers, 1623, Dutch, © Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588-1629), The Gamblers, 1623, Dutch, © Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN (Click to visit their website)
La Mignonne purse opera glasses, around 1900, Museo Frederic Mares, Barcelona
La Mignonne purse opera glasses, around 1900, Museo Frederic Mares, Barcelona
Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516), San Giovanni a Patmos, 1504-5, (John the Evangelist of Patmos with the spectacled devil), Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516), San Giovanni a Patmos, 1504-5, (John the Evangelist of Patmos with the spectacled devil), Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
Shooter's glasses, Tee Museum, Noorden, Germany
Shooter's glasses, Tee Museum, Noorden, Germany

From: Spectacles, Lorgnettes and Monocles by D.C. Davidson and R.J.S. MacGregor
Published 2002, Shire Publications Ltd, UK
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English Terminology for Spectacles


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