Slide Show of Contemporary People Wearing Optical Antiques

Slide Show of Contemporary People Wearing Optical Antiques

Robert Holz of Boppard / Mittelrhein, Germany, spectacles peddler extraordinaire, modern day optometrist and optician, who travels throughout Germany with his reproductions of historic spectacle frames.
Robert Holz of Boppard / Mittelrhein, Germany, spectacles peddler extraordinaire, modern day optometrist and optician, who travels throughout Germany with his reproductions of historic spectacle frames.
Peter van der Aart, carpenter and fine woodcarver from Bodegraven, Netherlands, wearing replica antique eyeglasses he himself creates
Peter van der Aart, carpenter and fine woodcarver from Bodegraven, Netherlands, wearing replica antique eyeglasses he himself creates
“Halloween”, featuring Alex Lowy and Marjorie Amon, copyright 2006 Alex Lowy Photography
“Halloween”, featuring Alex Lowy and Marjorie Amon, copyright 2006 Alex Lowy Photography
Hansjörg Schmidt of Bruchsal, Germany (a name from the middle ages which means “the place of a Salt mine”) fashioning a style of nose spectacles he creates for others to enjoy.
Hansjörg Schmidt of Bruchsal, Germany (a name from the middle ages which means “the place of a Salt mine”) fashioning a style of nose spectacles he creates for others to enjoy.
Michael dressed as a spectacles peddler, eyeglasses made by Hansborg Schmidt of Bruchsal, Germany (This name is from the middle ages and means “the place of a Salt mine”)
Michael dressed as a spectacles peddler, eyeglasses made by Hansborg Schmidt of Bruchsal, Germany (This name is from the middle ages and means “the place of a Salt mine”)

People seem to enjoy wearing either original antique eyeglasses or replicas of some of the earliest styles available. Since eyewear has been in use for over 700 years, people all over the world are beginning to appreciate the fascinating history of the optical lens. Collectors and re-enactors are occasionally seen fashioning their optical eyewear. This can be fun and brings joy to both the wearer and others who can observe the unusual styles which are represented.

Below is an interesting slideshow of images which has been fun to assemble over the past several years. We appreciate all those individuals who have allowed their personal photos to be included. Wearing optical antiques can be quite enjoyable. If you agree and have any personal photos you wish to share kindly attach an image and email me drdavid@antiquespectacles.com.

(Move your mouse over any of the pictures below to see a larger image.)

Heather wearing tinted hallmarked silver spectacles, French, circa late 1830s Christina dressed as a princess using replica rivet spectacles made by Hansjörg Schmidt of Bruchsal, Germany Jim wearing replica of 16th century leather-framed spectacles Abbot with Bugel glasses Abby wearing circa 1880 steel spectacles John wearing leather-framed replica Kelli Aylmer, professional ice skater, wearing tinted silver circa 1825 glasses, photo copyright Alex Lowy Photography Kelli Aylmer, professional ice skater, with octagonal blue tinted spectacles, circa 1840, photo copyright Lowy Photography Sieghard with folding nose specs made from horn by Robert Holz Professor Vincent with rivet spectacles type 1 replica


Captain Howard Serlick, USNR, with pince nez Roberto with his over-sized pince nez, circa 1900 Dr. David with his favorite circa 1780 double hinge round frame Ritter with a very unusual style Michael wearing Martin’s Margins Sandra Zimmermann with replicas of ivory carved nose spectacles, almost like early Masterpiece. George Manos, Commissioner for Lower Merion Twp, with circa 1750 steel temple spectacles, photo copyright Alex Lowy Photography Lily wearing fancy decorated brass oval specs with sliding sides, unusual peripheral diamond-shaped frosting of the lenses, circa 1815 Robert Holz at a German Medieval Fair Dr. Ian Scott wearing the monocle which belonged to his brother-in-law General Sir Dudley Ward KCB, the youngest full General in the history of the British Army.


Ton from the Netherlands wearing replica Rivet spectacles type 1 Dr. David with replica of Adam's Patent spectacles, Woman's Civic League, Home of Thorowgood Smith, Baltimore, MD Chuck with replica of Adam's Patent spectacles, Woman’s Civic League, Home of Thorowgood Smith, Baltimore, MD Nathan wearing oval frame silver Martin's Margins Robert with Dagmar and Henning, carved ivory replica (left) and leather-framed replica (center and right) Florian with replica of ultra rare slitbridge, also tied around his ears Klaus with Pirckheimer (leather-framed style) made by Robert Holz Glenn wearing 16th century leather replica Silvianus with an unusual style John wearing Martin's Margins


Dressed as a Klosterfrau with carved ivory nose spectacles replica Klaus at a German medieval fair wearing early leather replicas by Robert Holz “Hawkmoon” wearing a very special pair made by Robert Holz from the Micreon Gmbh website http://www.micreon.de , Ultrafast Laser Processing (Click to visit their website) A two year old friend wearing Harry Potter style glasses Lily enjoying a pair of Harry Potter spectacles Albie Austin wearing wearing octagonal frame, tinted gold spectacles, circa 1840, copyright 2007 Alex Lowy Photography Hans, an antique doll, made in Waltershausen by the Bahr and Proshild Company, c. 1910, Aangenendt Collection Louis wearing reproduction of rivet spectacles, type 1 just a cute photo 


Ton works with Monica in their bone worker’s stall at a Medieval Fair in the Netherlands Stefanie with Rivet spectacles replica made by Hansjörg Schmidt Samantha wearing rivet spectacles Detlef wearing leather-spectacles style with a wooden frame made by Hansjörg Schmidt Karl wearing rivet spectacles replica made by Hansjörg Schmidt  Heather with replica Rivet spectacles made by Peter van der Aart of Bodegraven, Netherlands Joshua with his Adspecs glasses from a Netherlandish newspaper, showing an Eastern march. Taken from Archeon, The Living Past of the Netherlands. Robert Holz and one of his fine friends Wilhelm Robert with his good friend Lothar


 Christina the princess using a wooden-framed magnifier made by Hansjorg Schmidt Karl dressed in soldier outfit and wearing rivet spectacles Dave wearing replica round frame double hinge spectacles, circa 1780 Thorsten wearing a nice replica of leather Professor Vincent Ilardi lecturing in Italy Alexis wearing Chinese eyeglasses, tortoiseshell and packtong, with tinted rock crystal, early 19th century, making him “the crazy collector”. Carly looks cool wearing oversized modern sunglasses Silver scissors glasses being held upside down by Henri, Museum of the History of Medicine, University of Zurich Rien has become a junior collector with his blued-steel circa late 19th century specs Karl-Heinz wearing and holding several pairs from his Hamburg, Germany eyeglasses museum


Alan wearing pince nez with C (hoop) springs. Young Théa (daughter of our good friend Alexis) loved her rabbit “Marina” and they look so good together wearing their glasses. Like a beautiful star in the sky “Marina” will never ever be forgotten Hermann at the The Medieval Fair at Christmas time 2008 in Esslingen, on the Neckar River, Germany William wearing replica leather-framed spectacles, styled like those of the 16th century Model Rachel Gordon wearing circa 1810 tinted spectacles with adjustable sides, photo copyright Alex Lowy 2009 Alexis wearing circa 1925 Xylo-front all shell eyeglass frame with gf finger clip Schwab style rocking pad guards. Very unusual Hermann Dahmen wearing reproduction of Waldstein glasses, circa 1830 Saith with his circa 1770 steel glasses and also his guitar Gregory wearing round frame steel spectacles for a re-enactment of the Battle of Rhode Island Model Cassidy wearing 4 lens spectacles in brass with a rectangular frame


David wearing replica c. 1530 leather specs, made of chocolate and created by Jacqueline Bill, a volunteer at Colonial Williamsburg wearing reproduction bifocals, photo by DAF with the permission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Rene wearing mid-19th century French sunglasses Andrew wearing a circa 1850 lorgnette, copyright 2013 Alex Lowy Photography


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