This authentic pair of pince nez eyeglasses has a hard bridge and comes in it's original chamois suede cloth lined hinged case.
The case measures 4 3/4" x 1 7/8".
The eyeglasses measure 4" across by 1.25" from top of lens to bottom of lens.
The gold hardware measures 1 3/16" across.
Condition of this optical aid is excellent. The exterior finish on the back side of the case, however, has cracked (cases such as these typically bring about $15 on their own)
The Pince-Nez style was popular from the 1880s until the 1940s. There are two types of Pince-Nez frames and many variations within each type.
One style has a hard unmovable bridge. The tension is provided by two small coil springs attached to the nose pads (btw, this type of frame was used to make the sunglasses used in the movie Matrix).
Thanks to Ed Welch and his Eyeglass Warehouse website for his excellent background information on eyewear.
We are a member of The VFG, The Vintage Fashion Guild.