Step back to the 18th century, when the spectacle was in its embryonic stages. The eyewear of the 1700s was simple in design but was a vital tool for aiding vision. Most 1700s
eyeglasses were designed with round lenses and no temple arms, meaning they simply balanced on the wearer’s nose. The frames were typically made of metal or horn, depicting the limited manufacturing options of the time. Yet, these tiny spectacles were the beginnings of a revolutionary shift in eyewear, setting the groundwork for the eyeglass decades to come.