Exhibits and Major Displays of Spectacles

Temptation of Saint. Anthony by Maarten de Vos (Antwerp 1532- 1603), ca 1594, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
Temptation of Saint. Anthony by Maarten de Vos (Antwerp 1532- 1603), ca 1594, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
Long handled watch lorgnette, tortoiseshell, "Breveté" indicates that the design of this incorporates one or more patents claimed by Gautrot, circa 1890-1910, Vascellari Collection, extremely beautiful
Long handled watch lorgnette, tortoiseshell, "Breveté" indicates that the design of this incorporates one or more patents claimed by Gautrot, circa 1890-1910, Vascellari Collection, extremely beautiful
Photo of Joshua Wilder, taken in the 1850s, from Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850, by Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan and Jack O'Brien.     www.garysullivanantiques.com      Joshua was an important clockmaker in Hingham, MA. He made many tall case (grandfather) clocks and also dwarf clocks during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
Photo of Joshua Wilder, taken in the 1850s, from Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850, by Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan and Jack O'Brien. www.garysullivanantiques.com  Joshua was an important clockmaker in Hingham, MA. He made many tall case (grandfather) clocks and also dwarf clocks during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
Oval frame, real tortoiseshell, solid silver joints, folding at the nose, circa 1840
Oval frame, real tortoiseshell, solid silver joints, folding at the nose, circa 1840
Ceiling fresco with four Evangelists including Saint Mark, painted by Antonio Zago (Antonello da Serravalle), 1498, in the Church of the Holy Trinity (La Mattarella), Cappella Maggiore, Treviso, Italy.  This church was built by the Longobard in the VIII-IX century, restored and frescoed in the XV century. Photo courtesy of Franco Bianchi.
Ceiling fresco with four Evangelists including Saint Mark, painted by Antonio Zago (Antonello da Serravalle), 1498, in the Church of the Holy Trinity (La Mattarella), Cappella Maggiore, Treviso, Italy. This church was built by the Longobard in the VIII-IX century, restored and frescoed in the XV century. Photo courtesy of Franco Bianchi.

Optical Heritage Museum, Southbridge, MA

THe museum opened November 9, 2013 and is located at 12 Crane St, Southbridge Ma. and open by appointment. The Optical Heritage Museum is dedicated to preservation, education and research in the history, growth, culture and contributions of optical industries from the 19th Century until the present. This will be accomplished through the continuing efforts to collect, maintain, preserve and display artifacts from within the American Optical collection and those provided from other collections, all to promote the contributions to the optical Industry.

You may also visit them online at: http://opticalheritagemuseum.org/new/index_test.htm

Benjamin Franklin Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Founding father, scientist, diplomat, humorist, philanthropist, entrepreneur, rebellious teen – Benjamin Franklin is one of the most remarkable and influential Americans of any generation. Learn more about the many sides of Ben Franklin and discover his impact on your world in this electrifying new exhibit. The exhibit presents artifacts related to Franklin’s inventions – including likely the world’s earliest known pair of bifocals.

Museo dell’Occhiale

The famed optical museum Museo dell’Occhiale has moved to a new address at Via Arsenale 15 in Pieve di Cadore, Italy. People are able to visit the most important and comprehensive optical collection in the world. The creation the original museum back in 1989 was the innovative idea of Vittorio Tabacchi, President of the Safilo Group. Over 3000 pieces are in the collection and it features some optical antiques of the Bodart, De Lotto and Weiss Collections. Objects from Europe, China, the US, and the Orient dating as far back as the 1500’s are on display. Included are spectacles, spectacle cases, optical signs, canes, fans, telescopes, binoculars, votives, paintings, and also modern eyeglass examples (metal and plastic). Many of these recent ones were worn by famous Hollywood stars.

The new museum comprises two floors with the best and rarest examples on the first floor. Also included here are the history, uses, techniques, and evolution of instruments. The second floor is dedicated to the industrial development of the glass industry from the collection Del Favero, the most important collection of utensils from work in Cadore by the second half of the 18th century. The machines, images, and instruments represent the Belluno section of Italy where 80 % of the glasses are manufactured.

Visiting this museum in person is guaranteed to be a very worthwhile experience for anyone interested in this significant subject.
You may also visit them online at http://www.museodellocchiale.it/collezione.php


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